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Year 10 - English Text - Comparison - Malala & Billy Elliot: Billy Elliot
This book is based on the 2000 film from director Stephen Daldry. Billy Elliot's tough, funny and heart-warming story is given new depth by best-selling author, Melvin Burgess. Billy's mother is dead, and his father and brother are fiercely involved in a bitter miners' fight that has split the local community. Billy's father wants his son to learn boxing, like he did and his father before him. But Billy is fascinated by the grace and magic of ballet and is determined to dance his way to a different future. Told from the differing viewpoints of Billy, his father and brother and his friend Michael, Melvin Burgess has captured the spirit of the original film screenplay while demonstrating the skill and inspiration he showed in his award-winning novel, Junk.
Setting for Billy Elliot
Billy Elliot (2000)
Director: Stephen Daldry
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The life of 11-year-old Billy Elliot, a coal miner's son in Northern England, is forever changed one day when he stumbles upon a ballet class during his weekly boxing lesson. Before long, he finds himself in dance, demonstrating the kind of raw talent seldom seen by the class' exacting instructor, Mrs. Wilkinson. With a tart tongue and a never-ending stream of cigarettes in her hand, Mrs. Wilkinson's zest for teaching is revived when she sees Billy's potential.
Billy Elliot in Context
England in the mid-80s was a time of widespread industrial action and social unrest. Striking miners picketed for their jobs, while the gay community fought for their rights. This video explores the historical events and changing social attitudes and gender roles that inform the film ‘Billy Elliot’.
This document is useful to guide your thinking about the film and its context, it has some questions to get you started and prompts you to write a film review, which would be a useful practice analysis.
Versions & Interpretations
Billy Elliot - Special Feature from DVD
This video is all about the making of the film 'Billy Elliot'. It runs for 22 minutes.
Billy Elliot - Film Trailer
This is the original trailer for the 2000 film, directed by Stephen Daldry. This runs for 3 minutes. If you are viewing this LibGuide at school, this is hidden because it is a Youtube link.
Billy Elliot - Final Scene
This video shows the final scene of the Billy Elliot film. This runs for 3 minutes. This scene is important because it is the point at which the characters change their perspectives and this is clearly shown. Useful to draw on for your essay. If you are viewing this LibGuide at school, this link is hidden because it is a Youtube blip.
Billy Elliot - Theatre production trailer
This is the trailer for the stage version of 'Billy Elliot' that showed in London and on Broadway. It runs for 4 minutes.