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Billy Elliot [Blu-ray] [Region Free]
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County Durham during the 1984 miners' strike. Young Billy Elliot (Jamie Bell) becomes fascinated with the ballet lessons which are being held in the same hall as his boxing class. The ballet teacher, Mrs Wilkinson (Julie Walters), recognises his potential and encourages him to join her class. As his talent gradually reveals itself, it becomes clear that Billy should be attending the Royal Ballet School in London, but with his father's opposition and the extreme poverty which descends on the area during the strike, Billy's future is far from certain. BAFTA awards were won by both Bell (Best Actor) and Walters (Best Supporting Actress). The Special Edition video also contains a 46 minute documentary about Jamie Bell called 'The Billy Elliot Boy', made by the film's director Stephen Daldry.
Foursquare in the gritty-but-hearwarming tradition of Brassed Off and The Full Monty comes Billy Elliot, the first film of noted British theatrical director Stephen Daldry. The setting is County Durham in 1984, and things 'oop North are even grimmer than usual: the miners' strike is in full rancorous swing and 11-year-old Billy's dad and older brother, miners both, are staunch on the picket lines. Billy's got problems of his own. His dad's scraped together the fees to send him to boxing lessons, but Billy's discovered a different aptitude: a genius for ballet dancing. Since admitting to such an activity is tantamount, in this fiercely macho culture, to holding up a sign reading "I AM A RAVING POOF", Billy keeps it quiet. But his teacher, Mrs Wilkinson (Julie Walters, wearily undaunted) thinks he should audition for ballet school in London. Family ructions are inevitable.
Daldry's film sidesteps some of the politics, both sexual and otherwise, but scores with its laconic dialogue (credit to screenwriter Lee Hall) and a cracking performance from newcomer Jamie Bell as Billy. His powerhouse dance routines, more Gene Kelly than Nureyev, carry an irresistible sense of exhilaration and self-discovery. Among a flawless supporting cast Stuart Wells stands out as Billy's sweet gay friend Michael. And if the miners' strike serves largely as background colour, there's one brief episode, as visored and truncheoned cops rampage through neat little terraced houses, that captures one of the most spiteful episodes in recent British history. --Philip Kemp --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Anyone who has seen the film already and wants to know what the difference is between this DVD and the one previous, well theres a lot more to be seen on this new edition. It has some great making of's and features on the characters that have never been seen before. Theres also two great documentaries about Billy Elliot The Musical (which looks to be great!) There are some great previews and teasers that will have you booking tickets to go and see it!
I love this movie. It is charming, honest, and uplifting. Gary Lewis is wonderful as Billy's father. We see him change from a bitter, defeated man to a proud and happy dad. Julie Walters gives a heartfelt performance as the tough teacher with a heart of gold. Jamie Bell, in his movie debut, is natural and sweet, a good dancer, and a sensitive actor. This is a movie you'll want to enjoy more than once because it's such a touching, feel-good story.
With 13 BAFTA® nominations. Billy Elliot is a heart-warming tale of an 11 year old coal miner's son Billy Elliot [Jamie Bell] in the North of England, whose whole life is forever changed when he stumbles upon Mrs. Wilkinson's [Julie Walters OBE] ballet class during his weekly boxing lesson. Before long, he finds himself immersed in ballet, demonstrating a raw talent never seen before and reaching for a dream that changes the lives of everyone Billy touches.
FILM FACTS: Awards and Nominations: 2000 British Independent Film Awards: Won: Best British Independent Film. Won: Best Director for Stephen Daldry. Won: Best Newcomer for Jamie Bell. Won: Best Screenplay. Nominated: Best Actress for Julie Walters. 2001 Academy Awards®: Nominated: Best Director for Stephen Daldry. Nominated: Best Actress in a Supporting Role for Julie Walters. Nominated: Best Original Screenplay for Lee Hall. 2001 British Academy of Film and Television Arts: Won: Best British Film. Won: Best Actor in a Leading Role for Jamie Bell. Won: Best Actress in a Supporting Role for Julie Walters. Nominated: Best Original Film Music. Nominated: Best Cinematography. Nominated: Best Editing. Nominated: Best Film. Nominated: Best Actor in a Supporting Role for Gary Lewis. Nominated: Best Original Screenplay. Nominated: Best Sound. Nominated: Best Director for Stephen Daldry. Nominated: Best Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer for Stephen Daldry. Nominated: Best Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer for Lee Hall. 2001 Golden Globe® Awards: Nominated: Best Motion Picture for Drama. Nominated: Best Supporting Actress for Motion Picture for Julie Walters.Read more ›
Does the perfect movie exist? Billy Elliot must come very close. From its brilliant casting, to clever cinematography to ... foot stomping choreography, this movie has got it all. The freshness and originality of Billy Elliot almost jumps off the screen. The British production house, Working Title Films over the last five years or so have had some great hits: Four Weddings and a Funeral, Notting Hill, Bridget Jones's Diary, Elizabeth and in late 2000 we got Billy Elliot. They take great risks by using untried scriptwriters, directors and young actors and somehow have produced a string of fabulous movies.
The plot of Billy Elliot is simple enough; a North Country lad from a coal mining family discovers the joys of dance. Against opposition from his father and elder brother, young Billy discovers himself and his talents. All this happens within the vortex of Margaret Thatcher's mid-1980's economic and social revolution, which swirls around them.
At first glance, you might be tempted to classify Billy Elliot into the well-trodden school of gritty, British social realism, best expressed by Ken Loach of Cathy Come Home fame. Although mostly set in a working class world, the direction and camera work captures scenes of outstanding beauty. Cranes and bridges move like graceful, colourful birds; a kitchen table containing just two sauce bottles and duck-egg blue salt and pepper shakers has the aesthetics of an Old Master's still life.
The film's Director of Photography, Brian Tufano, has been quoted as saying, "... framing, composition, colours and texture are the elements you need to convey a story." Some scenes captured by Tufano's camera are nothing short of magical. We have Billy and his girlfriend Debbie walking past a wall of riot-shielded policemen.Read more ›
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Fascinating film. Wonder, is it a true story or a story that could be? Here a strength is given to each person in their own right. Conflict and solutions, joy and disappointments. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Nita Lorimer
This was a present for my Mum and she was over the moon as she loves this filmPublished 14 days ago by MLaing
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