Billy Elliot

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Billy Elliot………………………………………………………………………………………....3 Movie Summary…………………………………………………………………………………...3 Main Characters…………………………………………………………………………………...5 History Overview………………………………………………………………………………….7 Working Conditions……………………………………………………………………………….7 Situation Today……………………………………………………………………………………8 Improvement of HR……………………………………………………………………………….. Personal Life………………………………………………………………………………………. Society…………………………………………………………………………………………….. Title Choice……………………………………………………………………………………….. References………………………………………………………………………………………....

Billy Elliot
Human resource management has evolved over time due to critical events in our world’s history. The movie, Billy Elliot, touches on one of those main events in time, the Coal Mining Strikes of 1984-‘85. The following is a summary and discussion of the main characters that were impacted by the strikes. This includes comparing and contrasting the working conditions and the way individuals were treated at that time and currently. There is also a discussion about the way the movie has impacted the improvement of human resource management, personal life and society at large. The final section refers to the title choice, Billy Elliot, and other creative possibilities that could have been used. Movie Summary

The movie Billy Elliot takes place in England during the 1984-1985 Coal Mining Strikes. Billy’s father Jackie and his brother Tony are both on strike during the movie. It starts with Jackie sending his son off to boxing classes coached by George Watson. Billy enjoys boxing, but wonders if he would have passion for something more when he notices the ballet classes taking place on the other half of the gym. One day after boxing classes, Billy decides to join the girls in their ballet routines. Georgia, the ballet instructor, realizes his talent and encourages him to return to ballet classes. Billy is undecided and torn between his talent and what people might think. A few days later he decides to continue to go to ballet classes instead of boxing. Billy’s friend Michael is the only other person who knows about his dancing. After a few weeks, Jackie discovers Billy has been missing boxing classes with Mr. Watson. This upsets him very much and leads to the finding of Billy taking ballet classes instead. Jackie is appalled by this discovery and forbids him from returning to ballet classes. Georgia knows Billy has a real talent for ballet and offers to give him free private lessons. She knows of the Royal Ballet School in London and believes he has enough talent to go to school there with hard work and dedication. Billy is unsure if he truly has what it takes but has confidence in Georgia and continues dancing behind his father’s back with the support of Michael and Georgia’s daughter, Debbie.

Meanwhile the Coal Mining Strike is getting out of hand. This strike involves his family very much, because it is putting his brother and father out of work. When the day has finally come for Billy to audition for the Royal Ballet School, his brother ends of getting arrested. Billy realizes the importance of his family and misses the audition. Georgia is very upset with this and informs Billy’s father, brother and grandma of the mishap. Her visit upsets the Elliot family very much and Billy decides to put his love for ballet aside for a while. This phase only lasted a little while for him. A couple weeks after the arrest of his brother, Billy decides to show Michael his talent of dancing. During this performance, his father stumbles upon him dancing and realizes Billy’s gift. Jackie’s feelings turn and he becomes supportive of his son’s dream. He is now determined to see his son audition for the Royal Ballet School. After discussion with Georgia on the costs to audition and the costs to travel, the Elliot family brainstorms ways to find the money. Jackie realizes they don’t have enough money to afford this and that he must return to the mine...
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