- 1h 51min
- Directed by: Stephen Daldry
- Written by: Lee Hall
- Cast: Jamie Bell, Julie Walters, Gary Lewis, Jamie Draven
Billy (Bell) finds release from life's daily drudgery, through ballet dancing. As unlikely a leisure pursuit as that might be for a teenage boy growing up in the recession-hit County Durham of the 80s (and that's the point), it becomes young Billy's ticket out of hard times. Making his film debut, theatre director Daldry handles the political backdrop and dramatic foreground with equal assurance. The dance routines provide much of the film's humour and quite overwhelming feelgood factor.
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