THE PLOTBilly Elliot is the story of a boy from a coal mining family who loves dancing and his decision of learning ballet causes a great deal in his family.
The story is set in Northern England in the 80,s and it's about gender stereotypes, differences in social class, miner's strike in 1984 and the use of police violence against the miners.
THE IMPORTANCE OF THE EFFORT & PERSEVERANCEBilly is destined to be a miner as his father and brother, but he is very different from them. He wants another life and thanks to his great talent, to his effort and perseverance he will be able to obtain a scholarship from the Royal Ballet School.
GENDER STEREOTYPES IN THE FILMGender definitions and divisions are shown in the gym where boys box and girls attend ballet lessons.
Billy's father and brother think boys must be interested in football, boxing or wrestling, but not Ballet, of course! But Billy wants to dance because it's his passion.
The different genders are clear: pink ballet slippers for girls and blue boxing shoes for Billy.