Before Kurt Hummel caught crap for being a boy in the glee club, there was Billy Elliot.
Billy Elliot is about a boy who just wants to dance. Of course, everyone assumes there’s something wrong with him.
Unlike Black Swan, this is a ballet movie that won’t leave a bad taste in your mouth.
The film is set during the 1984–1985 UK miners’ strike, and centres on the character of 11-year-old Billy Elliot (Jamie Bell), his love of dance, and his hope to become a professional ballet dancer. Billy lives with his widowed father, Jackie (Gary Lewis), older brother, Tony (Jamie Draven), and his invalid Nan (Jean Heywood), who once aspired to be a professional dancer. Both Jackie and Tony are coal miners out on strike.
Jackie takes Billy to the Sports Centre to learn boxing, but Billy dislikes the sport. He is instead drawn to a ballet class that is using the gym while their usual basement studio in the Sports Centre is temporarily being used as a soup kitchen for striking miners.
Unknown to Billy’s father, he joins the ballet class. When Jackie discovers this after the boxing coach mentions Billy’s absence, he forbids Billy to take any more ballet. But, passionate about dancing, Billy secretly continues his lessons with his dance teacher Georgia Wilkinson’s help.
Jackie sees Billy dancing and realizes his son is gifted.
In the end, Billy is accepted by his family as they watch him perform the lead in Swan Lake.
According to Hollywood, that’s the only ballet that exists.
Billy Elliot won several UK Independent Film Awards and was nominated for three Academy Awards in 2001, including Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, and Best Supporting Actress (Julie Walters).
The song is Book of Days by Enya.