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meets in this gritty coming-of-age drama about a young son of a poor English coal miner who dreams of being a ballet dancer. The film is set during a 1984 miners' strike in Durham county, where angry clashes between picketers and cops in riot gear are nearly daily occurrences. Among the most vociferous protestors are Tony (Jamie Driven) and his dad (Gary Lewis), who nags his youngest son Billy (Jamie Bell) into taking boxing classes. Though the kid can do some fancy footwork, he can't take a punch. One day at the gym, he notices a ballet class taught by hard-bitten Mrs. Wilkinson (Julie Walters), whose young daughter dares him to join. When his father gets wind of this less-than-manly pursuit, he pulls him from the class. Sensing a raw and natural talent, Mrs. Wilkinson offers to teach the lad for free in preparation for the local auditions to the Royal Ballet School. When Tony gets in trouble with the cops, Billy is forced to miss the trials, leading to a confrontation between Billy's pop and Ms. Wilkinson. Though at first he steadfastly refuses to consider his son's desires of going into ballet, he comes to realize that this might be the one shot that Billy has in order to escape the danger and grinding tedium of a miner's life, so he sets out to earn the money by any means necessary to send his son to London. This film is the directorial debut of renowned British stage director Stephen Daldry. ~ Jonathan Crow, Rovi

  • Release date:October 13, 2000

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Lee Hall Best Original Screenplay 2000 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Lee Hall Best Newcomer 2000 Nominee
Writers Guild of America Lee Hall Best Original Screenplay 2000 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Lee Hall Best Original Screenplay 2000 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Stephen Warbeck Best Music 2000 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Julie Walters Best Supporting Actress 2000 Winner
Screen Actors Guild Julie Walters Best Supporting Actress 2000 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Julie Walters Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture 2000 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Julie Walters Best Supporting Actress 2000 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Jamie Bell Best Actor 2000 Winner
Broadcast Film Critics Association Jamie Bell Best Child Performer 2000 Winner
National Board of Review Jamie Bell Best Breakthrough Performance by an Actor 2000 Winner
National Board of Review Jamie Bell Best Young Actor 2000 Winner
Screen Actors Guild Jamie Bell Best Actor 2000 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Stephen Daldry Best Director 2000 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Stephen Daldry Best Newcomer 2000 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Stephen Daldry Best Director 2000 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts John Wilson Best Editing 2000 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Gary Lewis Best Supporting Actor 2000 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Brian Tufano Best Cinematography 2000 Nominee

Cast

Julie Walters
as Mrs. Wilkinson
Jamie Bell
as Billy Elliot
Gary Lewis
as Dad
Jean Heywood
as Grandmother
Stuart Wells
as Michael
Nicola Blackwell
as Debbie
Jamie Draven
as Tony

Crew

Stephen Daldry
Director
Greg Brenman
Producer
Jon Finn
Producer
Lee Hall
Screenwriter
Brian Tufano
Cinematographer
Stephen Warbeck
Composer (Music Score)
John Wilson
Editor
Maria Djurkovic
Production Designer
Tessa Ross
Executive Producer
Natascha Wharton
Executive Producer
David M. Thompson
Executive Producer
Charles Brand
Executive Producer
Tatiana Lund
Set Designer
Stewart Meacham
Costume Designer
Mark Holding
Sound/Sound Designer
Peter Darling
Choreography
Jina Jay
Casting
Tori Parry
Line Producer
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