September 29, 2000
Genre(s): Comedy, Drama, Music
Billy Elliot is an 11-year-old growing up in difficult times in England. He lives with his widowed father and older brother, both of whom are grim, hardscrabble men who are consigned to a life of working in the mines. They are disappointed by how poorly Billy has taken to boxing and appalled when they learn that he has transferred into a ballet class in which he is the only male student. Despite the lack of support from almost everyone around him, Billy finds great joy in dance. What's more, he discovers that he has quite the aptitude for it, and he decides to hone his abilities. He even dares to dream of a spot in the Royal Ballet, and accordingly, he prepares for an audition.