The Film Billy Elliot

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BILLY ELLIOT

The film Billy Elliot emphasizes the notion of ‘Into the world’ by describing concepts of growth, transition and change. Whether this change is physical, emotional or intellectual, there is a transition by the individual from one stage to another. The individuals had to face many barriers and obstacles which needed to be overcome. Billy overcame stereotypes as did other characters in the film. The themes of emotional growth and stereotypes are constantly explored in this film and emphasized by the techniques and dialogue. The theme of ‘into the world’ mirrors by the theme of individual growth. Billy grows as an individual as he is able to make the transition between being a minor’s son during 1984-85, expected to follow a traditional path into mining and participating professional ballet. This transition is reflected through the scenes when billy is seen running the streets of Everington with his boxing gloves around his shoulder and the later scene, Billy watches the girls dances, he is intrigued. The techniques in this scene is motif where looking through doors and windows seeing mrs Wilkinson and Billy is given a new opportunity. Additionally there is a pan of the students wearing the ballet shoes, showing the pan of the feet where the shot of dainty ballet, ballet shoes and billys boots contrast. This shot reinforces ideas that billy is different, yet it also highlights his willingness to take risks and to stand out and doesn’t fit in yet. billys 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 jacky says ‘lads do boxing and wrestling.. not bloody ballet’ demonstrates the stereotypes held in society. Also the slow zoom in on billy ‘dancing’ with boxing bags goes from a long shot to a close up shot on his ace. The growth in this scene where billy is discovering a world that he longing for an outlet to express himself in a natural way but he...
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