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Billy Elliot (2000)

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Coming Out at 29 September 2000 in theaters

Drama, Music

Billy Elliot is dance drama film directed by Stephen Daldry and written by Lee Hall. Set in County Durham, England during the 1984โ€“85 miners’ strike, the film is about a working-class boy who discovers his passion for ballet, despite his father’s objection and the negative stereotype associated of being a male ballet dancer. The film stars Jamie Bell as 11-year-old Billy, Gary Lewis as his father, Jamie Draven as Billy’s older brother, and Julie Walters as his ballet teacher.

Adapted from a play called Dancer by Lee Hall, development on the film began in 1999. Around 2,000 boys were considered for the role of Billy before Bell was eventually chosen for the role. Filming began in the North of England in August 1999. Greg Brenman and Jon Finn served as producers, while Stephen Warbeck composed the film’s score. Billy Elliot is a co-production between BBC Films, Tiger Aspect Pictures and Working Title Films.

The film premiered at the 2000 Cannes Film Festival, and then began a wider theatrical release on 29 September 2000 by Universal Pictures. Billy Elliot received positive critical response and commercial success, earning $109.3 million worldwide on a $5 million budget. At the 2001 British Academy Film Awards, the film won three of thirteen award nominations. The film also earned three Academy Award nominations, including for Best Director, Best Original Screenplay and Best Actress in a Supporting Role. In 2001, the film was adapted into a novel by Melvin Burgess. The story was also adapted for the West End stage as Billy Elliot the Musical in 2005; it opened in Australia in 2007 and on Broadway in 2008.

Director: Stephen Daldry

Writer: Lee Hall

Stars: Jamie Bell, Julie Walters, Jean Heywood, Gary Lewis, Stuart Wells, Mike Elliot,

Cast

Jamie BellBilly
Jean HeywoodGrandma
Jamie DravenTony
Gary LewisDad
Stuart WellsMichael
Mike ElliotGeorge Watson
Billy FaneMr Braithwaite
Nicola BlackwellDebbie
Julie WaltersMrs. Wilkinson
Carol McGuiganLibrarian
Joe RentonGary Poulson
Colin MacLachlanMr. Wilkinson
Janine BirkettBilly’s Mum
Trevor FoxPC Jeff Peverly
Charlie HardwickSheila Briggs
Denny FergusonMiner
Dennis LingardNCB Official
Matthew James ThomasSimon
Stephen ManganBallet Doctor
Paul RidleyTutor in medical
Patrick MalahidePrincipal
Barbara Leigh-HuntVice-Principal
Imogen ClaireTutor 1
Diana KentTutor 2
Neil NorthTutor 3
Lee WilliamsTutor 4
Petra SiniawskiTeacher
Merelina KendallSecretary
Zoรซ BellSandra
Tracey WilkinsonGeography Teacher
Merryn OwenMichael (aged 25)
Adam CooperBilly (aged 25)
Dylan BarnesPC White
Liam ElcoatYoung boy
Luke FetherstonYoung Boy
Adam GalbraithDancer in ‘Swan Lake’
Darren JacobsDancer in ‘Swan Lake’
Hendrick JanuaryDancer in ‘Swan Lake’
Sharon PercyJenny Poulson
Ken RichardsonPolice Officer
Leonard SilverDancer
Lee SmikleDancer in ‘Swan Lake’
Catherine TurgooseTeenage Party Guest
Damian Winter-HigginsDancer in ‘Swan Lake’

Sources: imdb & wikipedia

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