Feature Film and Tribal Voice

Topics: Feature film, World, Europe Pages: 3 (882 words) Published: October 17, 2010
How do your texts demonstrate the theme ‘into the world’?

‘Into the World’ describes a concept of a growth & change experienced by an individual – whether the change is physically, emotionally or intellectually- from the transition between one stage to another. In this transition there are often barriers and obstacles which the individual faces and needs to overcome. The notion of ‘into the world’ is clearly displayed in the film Billy Elliot by Daltry and the feature article Worlds Tribal Voice by Scobie, which was found in the magazine Sydney Life through various language and film techniques.

The film Billy Elliot addresses the theme of ‘into the world’ through various camera techniques, dialogue and themes. The theme of ‘into the world’ is mirrors by the theme of individual growth. Billy unmistakably grows as an individual as he is able to make the transition between being a minor’s son during 84-85, expected to follow a traditional path into mining and participating in sports such as boxing to pursuing a career as a professional ballet dancer. This transition is reflected through the scenes when Billy is seen running the streets of Everington with his boxing gloves around his shoulders and the later scene where Billy replaces them with ballet shoes. Additionally, there is a pan of the students’ lower body of Mrs. Wilkinson’s class. Here we see Billy in his boxing boots practicing ballet amongst the students wearing ballet shoes. These scenes clearly display Billy’s movement into a new world.

However, Billy’s transition into the world isn’t always ‘smooth running’ as he faces many barriers set out by society- especially in relations to gender roles. When Jackie says ‘lads do boxing and wrestling… not bloody ballet’ demonstrates the stereotypes held in society. Nevertheless it is Debbie that says ‘plenty of men do it [ballet]’ but Billy dismisses them as ‘poofs’. This further reflects Billy’s upbringing and the attitudes of his community. However, as...
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