Film Eleven: Billy Elliot (2000)

Billy Elliot (2000), directed by Stephen Daldry, is an iconic film that takes place upon the backdrop of 1984 mining strikes against the Thatcher closure of British coal mines. The story stars a young Jamie Bell who is torn between his controversial love for dance and the collapse of his family.

The thematic structure of Billy Elliot is both strong in it’s crafting and its delivery, touching on themes of gender stereotypes, relationships, homosexuality, loss, and breaking tradition. Billy’s journey of self-discovery is both risky and difficult, but through his character development we see him overcome the challenge of standing up for his beliefs and dreams regardless of his social and economic background, and the expectations of society.


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