“The pathway that an individual takes to enter the new world allows for growth and change”
An individual's willingness to step out of their comfort zone determines the pathway and significant experiences that they face in their transition into the new world. This concept has been successfully conveyed through Daldry’s film, Billy Elliot, which explores multiple perspectives and their response to life situations as they move into the new world. Both Billy and his brother Tony are confronted with a violent and underprivileged life, with the adverse effects of the mining strike among the working class that they belong to. Tony conforms to society's expectations by taking part in the miners strike and has an overall defiant and violent attitude whereas Billy is seen as a sensitive and caring young boy who struggles to fit in the male stereotype put down. This stark comparison is presented effectively in sequence seven during Tony’s arrest where a long shot is seen of the riot police advancing on the strikers. The non-diegetic sounds of The Clash’s “London Calling” which lyrics go, “Now war is declared and battle come down” effectively captures the angst and anger felt by the miners during the strike. This scene is quickly contrasted to billy standing on a brick wall that has him in an elevated position with a low angle compared to his brother who is now lying on the floor being beat by the police, suggesting their different partaking in the strike and overall temperament. Tony’s change only comes about when he decided to accept his brothers dreams by stepping out of his comfort zone and past opinions on gender stereotypes. If Billy didn't have the courage to pursue his dream than the path that not only both the brothers but also Jackie wouldn’t have positively flourished.
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