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SUBJECTS — Dance; World/England;
SOCIAL-EMOTIONAL LEARNING — Breaking Out; Families in Crisis;
MORAL-ETHICAL EMPHASIS — Caring; Responsibility; Respect.
Age: 12+; Rated R (for language); Drama; 2000; 110 minutes; Color.
This warmhearted story of a boy finding his way to a career in ballet is set against the background of the 1984 English coal miners strike, a watershed event in modern British history. The film shows: the benefits of breaking out of a restricted and impoverished environment; the redemptive agency of love in a family under enormous stress; a father coming through as a parent after some egregious errors; the far reaching influence that a dedicated teacher can have on a child's development; and how a friendship can survive the fact that one boy is homosexual and the other is not.
The TeachWithMovies.com Learning Guide to Billy Elliot will help teachers and parents discuss the important and beneficial themes of this movie. The Guide describes where historical truth ends and fiction begins and provides background information about the 1984 British coal miners strike. The Learning Guide also suggests questions that will prompt discussions on the issues raised by the film.
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Billy Elliot is an inspiring story of talent and commitment set against the background of a watershed event in British history.
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Description: Billy, the 11-year-old son of an English mining family, stumbles onto a ballet class held in the same community center as his boxing lessons. Billy's family is under tremendous strain. His mother has just died. Billy's grandmother has a tendency to wander off and cannot take care of herself. Billy's father, a miner of limited education, and his older brother, are walking the picket lines during the violent and unsuccessful 1984 British miner's strike. There is little money. Billy's father doesn't approve of boys taking ballet while Billy finds that he would rather dance than do anything else. Will Billy pursue his dream? Will the beleaguered Elliot family pull together and heal?
Benefits: This warmhearted story shows children the rewards of perseverance in following their own star despite parental or popular opinion. It demonstrates the redemptive agency of love in a family under enormous stress and shows a father coming through as a parent after some egregious errors. The film illuminates the tensions and sorrows of a family dealing with the loss of its wife and mother while the grandmother gently sinks into senility. (Billy lovingly takes care of his grandmother.) In this film, a friendship between two boys survives the fact that one is homosexual and the other is not. Billy Elliot also illustrates the far reaching influence that a dedicated teacher can have on a child's development.
The family's struggle is set against the background of the 1984 English coal miner's strike in which the British government, determined to drastically reform the country's bloated and inefficient coal industry, crushed the miner's union, and changed English society. The film reveals the sacrifices required of striking union workers and their families as well as the anguish of a community whose way of life is doomed in the face of new economic conditions.
The Learning Guide to the film Billy Elliot contains sections on Benefits of the Movie, Possible Problems, Helpful Background, Discussion Questions, Links to the Internet, and Bridges to Reading. The Discussion Questions are divided into three categories: Subject Matter, Social-Emotional Learning, and Moral-Ethical Emphasis.
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