Billy Elliot

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Billy Elliot is a 2000 British coming-of-age comedy-drama film directed by Stephen Daldry and written by Lee Hall. Set in County Durham in North East England during the 1984–1985 miners' strike, the film is about a working-class boy who discovers a passion for ballet. His father objects, based on negative stereotypes of male ballet dancers. The film stars Jamie Bell as 11-year-old Billy, Gary Lewis as his father, Jamie Draven as Billy's older brother, and Julie Walters as his ballet teacher.


Billy Elliot: Miss, what if I blown?
Sandra Wilkinson: This'll sound strange, Billy. But for sometime now, I've been thinking of the Royal Ballet School?
Billy Elliot: Aren't you a bit old, Miss?
Sandra Wilkinson: No, not me, you. I'm the bloody teacher. They hold auditions in Newcastle.
Billy Elliot: I'll never be good enough. I hardly know it.
Sandra Wilkinson: No look, they're not interested in how much ballet you know, they teach you that. That's why they're a ballet school, it's how you move and how you express yourself that's important.
Billy Elliot: Express what?
Sandra Wilkinson: I think you're good enough to go for it.
[short pause, Billy steps back into the car]
Sandra Wilkinson: It'll mean an awful lot of hard work.
Billy Elliot: But I'm banned.
Sandra Wilkinson: Maybe I should have a word with him.
Billy Elliot: [nervously] No, Miss!
Sandra Wilkinson: Well, I can teach you on your own, if you want?
Billy Elliot: I wouldn't afford it.
Sandra Wilkinson: I'm not doing it for the money, Billy.
Billy Elliot: But what about dad?
Sandra Wilkinson: He doesn't need to know.
Billy Elliot: And what about me boxing and that?
Sandra Wilkinson: Oh, for fuck sake, Billy! If you wanna piss about with your little mates, that's fine with me!
Billy Elliot: Well, all right, all right, don't lose your blob!
Sandra Wilkinson: [short pause] Blob?
[Miss Wilkinson and Billy smile]
Billy Elliot: So we can do it privately?
Sandra Wilkinson: [holds his hand] Just you and me.
Billy Elliot: [short pause] Miss, you don't fancy me, do you?
Sandra Wilkinson: No, Billy, funnily enough I don't. [laughs] Now piss off.
Billy Elliot: [short pause, smiles] Piss off yourself.

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