The movie was directed by , a well-known stage director, and photographed by , who has one shot that perfectly illustrates the difference between how children and adults see the world. His dad and brother are totally against the idea of him learning to dance but Billy finds himself drawn towards the ballet world. Director Stephen Daldry is quoted as saying that no role in the history of modern theater has demanded so much from such a young performer. Additionally there is a pan of the students wearing the ballet shoes, showing the pan of the feet where the shot of dainty ballet, ballet shoes and. When Billy is presented with the opportunity to audition for the royal ballet school in London he has to decide whether to convince his father and go London or continue his life eventually ending up as a miner just like his dad and brother.
As explosions of energy, look at when the camera is static, framed on Billy so that he moves through or within the frame and when the camera moves with Billy so that the frame moves with him and he stays in a similar shot. The eleven year old Billy Elliot is a happy, positive and responsible boy who lives with his father Jackie, brother Tony and his confused grandmother in a shabby home. Please see the supplementary resources provided below for other helpful content related to this book. GradeSaver, 20 January 2019 Web. When Billy notices his father the music stops.
The main character, Billy Elliot Jamie Bell is a 12 years old motherless boy. Jackie feels that it's time for Billy, his youngest son, to start acting more like a man and sends him to boxing lessons, but Billy is immediately drawn to the ballet class taking place on the other side of the gym. He has inherited boxing gloves from his grandfather and he is expected to do boxing and become a miner. But one day he sees a class with ballet dancers, and he falls for it directly. When Jackie discovers this after the boxing coach mentions Billy's absence, he forbids Billy to take any more ballet. He's better at this than you'll ever be at anything. The character of the transvestite Michael in particular seems based more on wishful thinking than on plausible reality; would a gay boy of his age in this neighborhood of this town in 1984 be quite so sure of himself? He experiences difficult situations for an eleven year old though responds with courage, passion and determination.
It can be hard for some people to understand, however, and the accent has been toned down for audiences of the American productions. Billy is a twelve years old boy who attends a public elementary school. Has the Show Won Any Awards? And when one of his teachers tries to discourage Josh from playing chess, Fred tears her a new one. W : teacher of local dance classes who encourages Billy to develop his raw dance talent. Billy also lives in one of these houses and has to share room with his big brother, Tony. Wilkinson represents the middle class and the people at the royal ballet school represent the upper class. How do we know this? Why is it not a ballet dancer? There have also been times when a Billy cannot continue mid show and has to be replaced for the rest of the show by the standby.
In this case, Daldry introduces us to the obstacles that Billy must encounter and push through in order to achieve his dream of being a professional Ballet dancer. It is usually at a normal distance, but when we are supposed to focus on a persons face we get close-up shots. He develops a lot through the movie. Dad Jackie is at the beginning of the film quite angry, but he's really not such a bad man. Having no idea Billy was still dancing, Jackie and Tony become angry. Topics such as symbolism, setting, characterisation and stereotyping will be discussed in this essay. Below, from the Broadway production, Tony Award winner Trent Kowalik a world Irish Step Dancing Champion who performed Angry Dance at the 2009 Tony Awards Show at Radio City Musical Hall is flanked by police in riot gear as he dances.
Hiding the ballet shoes under the bed Non-dietetic music used to symbolism change in Billy e. For good measure, by becoming a dancer, he scored a seriously hot girlfriend, avoiding the zone. Early in the film, Billy sees him dressing up in women's clothing, and later in the film, Michael comes out to him as gay, and as having a crush on Billy. Wilkinson offers to pay but Jackie is determined to raise it himself. He is a sensitive, tolerant, determined, stubborn, courageous and single-minded boy. He responds to the loss of his mother with grief, opposing the angry, silent espouses of Tony and Jackie.
Seeing that Billy's passion is not just some kind of pipe dream, Jackie works tirelessly to help ensure that Billy will be able to follow his passions. Billy Elliot Traditional ideas about stereotypical gender roles can be challenged or supported with different characters and environments. Billy must overcome many obstacles in his path including his stereotypical father and brother who are convinced that men cannot do Ballet. They would be even more horrified if they realized that his best friend was discovering gay tendencies in himself. They are spending their days on the picket line and trying to keep the family warm and fed over a long period of time with very few resources. He performs well in the audition, but he is so wound up and nervous after that he punches another boy in the face. She is a part of the middle class in England and runs a ballet school.
This combination of social pressures along with a severely damaged ego provided a long list of obstacles that Billy has to overcome throughout the movie to reach his dreams. The film is about an 11 year old boy Billy Elliot who tries to pursue a career in Ballet despite negative stereotyping. This is indicative of the transformation that occurs, once Billy disregards such rigid social structures and instead chooses to value his passion for dance Alternatively, dominant quotes incorporated throughout the film can further be used to justify an argument. His father and brother do not understand; it is a world they do not know. How does his brother Tony respond to his music? Billy's father equates male ballet dancers with homosexuality, but Billy doesn't seem to be gay, a fact he discovers to his sudden embarrassment during a pillow fight with his friend Debbie Nicola Blackwell. The theme change is portrayed in a range of different ways and the characters who are able to exhibit this are Jacky, Tony and Billy.
Billy, like his father and brother before him, is therefore enrolled in boxing classes at the Miners Welfare Hall — a community meeting place that also houses the dance classes of Mrs. In the book Billy is younger than Billy in the film, being eleven where as is in the movie he is between the age fourteen and fifteen. Will there be differences in how they portray the character? The film takes place in a fictitious town of Everington, in the North of England, namely the Durham County in 1984-1985. This is also recognised by the chain-smoking Mrs. After Billy's dad gets over this, he sells the last of Billy's deceased mother's things and almost becomes a scab during the miners strike to support Billy's professional dancing dream.