Billy Elliot

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2010 QUESTION
‘The experience of moving into the world can challenge individuals’ attitudes and beliefs.’ Discuss this view with reference to your prescribed text and at least ONE other related text of your own choosing.

Moving into the world is a transitional phase which is marked by many challenges such as an individuals’ attitudes and beliefs. It is the process of individuals adapting from one world of experience into another. ‘Billy Elliot’, a film directed by Stephen Daldry is a text which sends a message to the responder about venturing and transforming into new experiences. The film ‘Billy Elliot’ can challenge individuals’ attitudes and beliefs through the ideas of family values, gender stereotypes and determination as he leaves his monotonous life and discovers his passion and love for Ballet. These themes are conveyed through a number of film techniques such as camera angles, camera shots, music and lighting.

Gender stereotypes are beliefs or images concerning the social roles of both male and female, both domestically and socially. Gender stereotypes is a heavily influenced theme throughout the film Billy Elliot which is represented through film techniques such as costumes and lighting. The idea of gender stereotypes is shown throughout numerous ways such as playing masculine sports such as boxing if your male and playing feminine sports such as dancing if your female otherwise your gender stereotype would be known as a “poof”. Gender roles has been shown through a close up camera angle shot as Billy joins the Ballet class. This event challenges Billy’s attitudes through the close up camera angle of his boxing boots compared to the girls ballet shoes shows that he is out of place in this feminine role. An individuals beliefs can also be challenged through gender roles as males are expected to compete in masculine sport and females are to participate in feminine activities. This is clearly conveyed through the framing of the mid angle shot of the...
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