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County Durham, during the endless, violent 1984 strike against the Thatcher closure of British coal mines. Widower Jackie Elliot and his firstborn, fellow miner Tony, take a dim view of 11 year-old second son Billy's poor record in boxing class, which worsens when they discover he sneakily transferred to the neighboring, otherwise girls-only-attended ballet class. Only one schoolmate, Michael Caffrey, encourages Billy's desire, aroused by the teacher, who judged him talented enough for private lesson, to train and try out for the world-renowned Royal Ballet audition. Only the prospect of a fancy career unimagined in the pauper quarter may twist pa and big brother's opposition to indispensable support.

Original Title BILLY ELLIOT
Category Out of competition
Section Giffoni50 Review
Tipology Feature Film
Duration 110'
Production Year 2000
Nationality France, United Kingdom
Directed by Stephen Daldry
Screenplay Lee Hall
Director of photography Brian Tufano
Editor John Wilson
Production Design Maria Djurkovic
Costume Design Stewart Meacham
Music Stephen Warbeck
Main cast Jamie Bell
Julie Walters
Jean Heywood
Jamie Draven
Gary Lewis
Nicola Blackwell
Produced by Greg Brenman, Jon Finn

regista Stephen DaldrySTEPHEN DALDRY
Stephen David Daldry was born in 1960 in the UK. Director and producer he became a filmmaker after a long experience on theater. He won an RAF scholarship to Sheffield University then after graduation spent a year traveling in Italy where he became a clown's apprentice. Back in England he worked at Sheffield's Crucible Theatre establishing himself as one of the most innovative directors before becoming artistic director of the Royal Court Theatre in London in the early 90's where he was acclaimed as the rising star of London Theater, thanks to his direction of An Inspector Calls by J. B. Priestley. In 2000 Daldry directed his first feature film BILLY ELLIOT, produced by Working Title, which will receive three Oscar nominations (best director, best original screenplay, best actress). In the following years he directed THE HOURS (2002), THE READER (2008), EXTREMELY LOUD & INCREDIBLY CLOSE (2011) and 4 episodes of the acclaimed TV series THE CROWN (2016-2017).


Working Title Films
(United Kingdom)

Italian distribution
Universal Pictures Int’l Italy