Billy Elliot (2000) Movie

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Ratings / Votes
7.6/ 10 (65378 Votes)

MPAA Ratings
Rated PG-13 for some thematic material (cut video version) Rated R for language (theatrical release)

Production Company
Arts Council of England [gb] - (in association with) (presents)
BBC Films [gb] - (presents)
Studio Canal [fr] - (A Canal+ Company)
Tiger Aspect Productions [gb] - (as A Tiger Aspect Pictures Production)
WT2 Productions [gb] - (in association with) (as WT²)

Production Designer

All Producers

All Directors


Release Date
(France) - 19 May 2000
(Croatia) - 4 August 2000
(Ireland) - 29 September 2000
(UK) - 29 September 2000
(USA) - 12 October 2000

Running Time

Inside every one of us is a special talent waiting to come out. The trick is finding it.

1980s, 1990s, adultery, affection, against-the-odds, apparition, apron, audition, ballet, ballet-dancer, ballet-dancing, ballet-school, ballet-teacher, bare-butt, bath, bathroom, bathtub, beating, billy-club, blood, boogie, book, boxer, boxing, boxing-gloves,

Technical Support
CAM:Aaton 35-III, Zeiss Lenses
CAM:Arriflex 35 BL4, Zeiss Lenses
MET:3087 m - (Spain)
OFM:35 mm - (Kodak Vision 200T 5274, Vision 500T 5279, Vision 800T 5289)
PFM:35 mm
RAT:1.85 : 1

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Full Cast

  1. Barnes, Dylan as (uncredited) [PC White]
  2. Bell, Jamie (I) as [Billy Elliot] <1>
  3. Cooper, Adam (I) as [Billy (Aged 25)] <32>
  4. Draven, Jamie as [Tony Elliot] <3>
  5. Elliot, Mike (I) as [George Watson] <6>
  6. Evans, Martin L. as (uncredited) [Young Teenager]
  7. Fane, Billy as [Mr. Braithwaite] <7>
  8. Ferguson, Denny as [Miner] <16>
  9. Fox, Trevor as [PC Jeff Peverly] <14>
  10. Galbraith, Adam as (uncredited) [Dancer in 'Swan Lake']
  11. Jacobs, Darren as (uncredited) [Dancer in 'Swan Lake']
  12. Lewis, Gary (III) as [Dad (Jackie Elliot)] <4>
  13. Lingard, Dennis as [NCB Official] <17>
  14. MacLachlan, Colin as (as Colin Maclachlan) [Mr. Tom Wilkinson] <12>
  15. Malahide, Patrick as [Principal] <21>
  16. Mangan, Stephen as (as Steve Mangan) [Dr. Crane, Ballet Doctor] <19>
  17. North, Neil as [Tutor 3] <25>
  18. Owen, Merryn as [Michael (Aged 25)] <31>
  19. Renton, Joe as [Gary Poulson] <11>
  20. Richardson, Ken (VII) as (uncredited) [Police Officer]
  21. Ridley, Paul as [Tutor in Medical] <20>
  22. Silver, Leonard (I) as (uncredited) [Dancer]
  23. Smikle, Lee as (uncredited) [Dancer in 'Swan Lake']
  24. Thomas, Matthew James as (as Matthew Thomas) [Simon] <18>
  25. Wells, Stuart (I) as [Michael Caffrey] <5>
  26. Williams, Lee (II) as [Tutor 4] <26>
  27. Winter-Higgins, Damian as (uncredited) [Dancer in 'Swan Lake']
  28. Bell, Zoe (II) as [Sandra] <29>
  29. Birkett, Janine as [Billy's Mum] <13>
  30. Blackwell, Nicola as [Debbie Wilkinson] <8>
  31. Claire, Imogen as [Tutor 1] <23>
  32. Hardwick, Charlie as [Sheila Briggs] <15>
  33. Heywood, Jean as [Grandma] <2>
  34. Kendall, Merelina as [Secretary] <28>
  35. Kent, Diana (I) as [Tutor 2] <24>
  36. Leigh-Hunt, Barbara as [Vice-Principal] <22>
  37. McGuigan, Carol as [Librarian] <10>
  38. Percy, Sharon as (uncredited) [Jenny Poulson]
  39. Siniawski, Petra as [Teacher] <27>
  40. Walters, Julie (I) as [Mrs. Wilkinson] <9>
  41. Wilkinson, Tracey as [Geography Teacher] <30>


  1. Comedy
  2. Drama
  3. Music

Full Plot

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, closet-gay 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. KGF Vissers Set against the background of the 1984 Miner's Strike, Billy Elliot is an 11 year old boy who stumbles out of the boxing ring and onto the ballet floor. He faces many trials and triumphs as he strives to conquer his family's set ways, inner conflict, and standing on his toes! filmtwob 1984: In a northern England mining town, miners are on strike and the atmosphere is tense. Eleven-year old Billy Elliot, whose father and brother are participating in the strike, whose mother has died quite some time ago and whose grandmother is not completely aware of what's going on, doesn't like the brutal boxing lessons at school. Instead, he falls for the girls' ballet lessons. When his folks find out about this unusual love of his, Billy is in trouble. Being supported by the ballet teacher, Mrs. Wilkinson, he keeps on training secretly while the work situation as well as the problems at home get worse. Finally, Mrs. Wilkinson manages to get Billy an audition for the Royal Ballet School, but now he also has to open his heart to his family. Julian Reischl Against the background of an increasingly bitter miners' strike that his elder brother and father are involved in, young Billy Elliot finds he prefers joining in the girls' ballet class at the local hall to the boxing he's there for. The ballet mistress soon realises he has real potential, but no-one, least of all his family, is likely to go along with a lad doing dancing. Jeremy Perkins {J-26} Plot not found

Total Business

AD: 4,017,320 (USA) AD: 3,893,407 (UK) AD: 2,535,994 (France) (31 December 2001) AD: 2,376,403 (France) (27 March 2001) AD: 1,373,235 (Germany) AD: 1,154,600 (Italy) AD: 162,152 (Netherlands) (31 December 2002) AD: 152,395 (Netherlands) (31 December 2001) AD: 1,944,107 (Spain) (31 August 2002) AD: 2,180,172 (Spain) (31 December 2001) AD: 1,705,254 (Spain) (30 June 2001) AD: 455,496 (Switzerland) BT: USD 5,000,000 CP: Working Title Films, 76 Oxford Street, London W1N 9FD, UK, Phone: +44-171-3073000, Fax: +44-171-3073002 CP: Tiger Aspect Pictures Ltd., 2000 (on print) GR: USD 21,994,911 (USA) (27 May 2001) GR: USD 21,992,010 (USA) (20 May 2001) GR: USD 21,986,045 (USA) (13 May 2001) GR: USD 21,976,055 (USA) (6 May 2001) GR: USD 21,956,760 (USA) (29 April 2001) GR: USD 21,920,990 (USA) (22 April 2001) GR: USD 21,858,820 (USA) (15 April 2001) GR: USD 21,764,665 (USA) (8 April 2001) GR: USD 21,652,475 (USA) (1 April 2001) GR: USD 21,442,945 (USA) (25 March 2001) GR: USD 21,168,395 (USA) (18 March 2001) GR: USD 20,893,760 (USA) (11 March 2001) GR: USD 20,625,790 (USA) (4 March 2001) GR: USD 20,312,595 (USA) (25 February 2001) GR: USD 19,992,750 (USA) (18 February 2001) GR: USD 19,620,580 (USA) (11 February 2001) GR: USD 19,373,260 (USA) (4 February 2001) GR: USD 19,072,125 (USA) (28 January 2001) GR: USD 18,733,045 (USA) (21 January 2001) GR: USD 18,370,425 (USA) (14 January 2001) GR: USD 17,731,130 (USA) (7 January 2001) GR: USD 17,095,205 (USA) (1 January 2001) GR: USD 16,229,260 (USA) (25 December 2000) GR: USD 15,484,250 (USA) (17 December 2000) GR: USD 14,590,410 (USA) (10 December 2000) GR: USD 13,205,040 (USA) (3 December 2000) GR: USD 11,308,185 (USA) (26 November 2000) GR: USD 8,403,080 (USA) (19 November 2000) GR: USD 5,803,845 (USA) (12 November 2000) GR: USD 2,827,917 (USA) (5 November 2000) GR: USD 1,586,245 (USA) (29 October 2000) GR: USD 812,532 (USA) (22 October 2000) GR: USD 215,681 (USA) (15 October 2000) GR: USD 21,995,263 (USA) GR: GBP 16,972,531 (UK) (7 January 2001) GR: GBP 16,791,537 (UK) (31 December 2000) GR: GBP 16,661,492 (UK) (24 December 2000) GR: GBP 16,557,388 (UK) (17 December 2000) GR: GBP 16,408,850 (UK) (10 December 2000) GR: GBP 16,127,396 (UK) (3 December 2000) GR: GBP 15,650,760 (UK) (26 November 2000) GR: GBP 14,949,484 (UK) (19 November 2000) GR: GBP 14,006,074 (UK) (12 November 2000) GR: GBP 12,796,352 (UK) (5 November 2000) GR: GBP 11,427,308 (UK) (29 October 2000) GR: GBP 9,312,846 (UK) (22 October 2000) GR: GBP 7,202,503 (UK) (15 October 2000) GR: GBP 4,571,955 (UK) (8 October 2000) GR: GBP 1,541,109 (UK) (1 October 2000) GR: USD 109,280,263 (Worldwide) GR: USD 87,285,000 (Worldwide) (except USA) GR: AUD 3,728,155 (Australia) (14 December 2000) GR: EUR 8,268,377 (Spain) (31 August 2002) GR: ESP 1,227,765,776 (Spain) (30 June 2001) OW: USD 215,681 (USA) (15 October 2000) (10 screens) OW: GBP 1,541,109 (UK) (1 October 2000) (335 screens) WG: USD 1,569 (USA) (27 May 2001) (4 screens) WG: USD 3,605 (USA) (20 May 2001) (10 screens) WG: USD 5,395 (USA) (13 May 2001) (15 screens) WG: USD 13,685 (USA) (6 May 2001) (23 screens) WG: USD 17,160 (USA) (29 April 2001) (33 screens) WG: USD 38,395 (USA) (22 April 2001) (60 screens) WG: USD 55,735 (USA) (15 April 2001) (71 screens) WG: USD 67,200 (USA) (8 April 2001) (96 screens) WG: USD 119,695 (USA) (1 April 2001) (114 screens) WG: USD 182,055 (USA) (25 March 2001) (159 screens) WG: USD 175,950 (USA) (18 March 2001) (153 screens) WG: USD 183,595 (USA) (11 March 2001) (153 screens) WG: USD 213,295 (USA) (4 March 2001) (135 screens) WG: USD 240,495 (USA) (25 February 2001) (148 screens) WG: USD 300,840 (USA) (18 February 2001) (138 screens) WG: USD 174,960 (USA) (11 February 2001) (108 screens) WG: USD 212,085 (USA) (4 February 2001) (127 screens) WG: USD 203,835 (USA) (28 January 2001) (155 screens) WG: USD 260,685 (USA) (21 January 2001) (199 screens) WG: USD 448,395 (USA) (14 January 2001) (212 screens) WG: USD 449,895 (USA) (7 January 2001) (267 screens) WG: USD 524,160 (USA) (1 January 2001) (234 screens) WG: USD 410,885 (USA) (25 December 2000) (256 screens) WG: USD 585,220 (USA) (17 December 2000) (405 screens) WG: USD 916,095 (USA) (10 December 2000) (471 screens) WG: USD 1,341,300 (USA) (3 December 2000) (510 screens) WG: USD 2,027,900 (USA) (26 November 2000) (497 screens) WG: USD 1,774,290 (USA) (19 November 2000) (497 screens) WG: USD 2,603,380 (USA) (12 November 2000) (494 screens) WG: USD 1,034,005 (USA) (5 November 2000) (119 screens) WG: USD 573,744 (USA) (29 October 2000) (37 screens) WG: USD 489,415 (USA) (22 October 2000) (37 screens) WG: USD 215,681 (USA) (15 October 2000) (10 screens) WG: GBP 89,341 (UK) (7 January 2001) (103 screens) WG: GBP 58,186 (UK) (31 December 2000) (118 screens) WG: GBP 49,294 (UK) (24 December 2000) (145 screens) WG: GBP 51,171 (UK) (17 December 2000) (138 screens) WG: GBP 137,342 (UK) (10 December 2000) (198 screens) WG: GBP 241,525 (UK) (3 December 2000) (252 screens) WG: GBP 356,434 (UK) (26 November 2000) (296 screens) WG: GBP 527,047 (UK) (19 November 2000) (318 screens) WG: GBP 661,306 (UK) (12 November 2000) (322 screens) WG: GBP 751,293 (UK) (5 November 2000) (346 screens) WG: GBP 1,046,755 (UK) (29 October 2000) (319 screens) WG: GBP 1,142,988 (UK) (22 October 2000) (321 screens) WG: GBP 1,487,889 (UK) (15 October 2000) (339 screens) WG: GBP 1,743,201 (UK) (8 October 2000) (340 screens) WG: GBP 1,541,109 (UK) (1 October 2000) (335 screens)

Movie Certificate

U (Malaysia)
K-8 (Finland)
12 (South Korea)
PG-13 (USA)(cut video version)
R (USA)(theatrical release)
PG-13 (Philippines)
6 (Netherlands)(TV rating)
R (USA)(original rating)
Atp (Argentina)
M (Australia)
PG (Canada)
TE (Chile)
7 (Denmark)
U (France)
6 (Germany)(bw)
AL (Netherlands)
M (New Zealand)
11 (Norway)
PT (Peru)
M/12 (Portugal)
T (Spain)
7 (Sweden)
10 (Switzerland)(canton of Geneva)
10 (Switzerland)(canton of Vaud)
15 (UK)
15 (Ireland)
PG (Singapore)
IIA (Hong Kong)
L (Iceland)

Music Composers

  1. Warbeck, Stephen


  1. Tufano, Brian (director of photography)

Dress Designers

  1. Meachem, Stewart (as Stewart Meacham)


Argentina Video Home [ar] - (2001) (Argentina) (DVD)
Argentina Video Home [ar] - (2001) (Argentina) (VHS)
Egmont Entertainment [fi] - (2001) (Finland) (DVD)
Egmont Entertainment [fi] - (2001) (Finland) (VHS)
Front Row Filmed Entertainment [ae] - (2009) (United Arab Emirates) (DVD) (Middle East)
Herald Film Company [jp] - (Japan)
Mars Distribution [fr] - (2000-2001) (France) (theatrical)
Nelonen [fi] - (2004) (Finland) (TV)
United International Pictures (UIP) [ar] - (2001) (Argentina) (theatrical)
United International Pictures (UIP) [ch] - (2000-2001) (Switzerland) (theatrical)
United International Pictures (UIP) [de] - (2000) (Germany) (theatrical)
United International Pictures (UIP) [es] - (2001) (Spain) (theatrical)
United International Pictures (UIP) [fi] - (2001) (Finland) (theatrical)
United International Pictures (UIP) [nl] - (2001) (Netherlands) (theatrical)
Universal Focus [us] - (2000) (USA) (theatrical)
Universal Home Video [br] - (Brazil) (DVD)
Universal Home Video [br] - (Brazil) (VHS)
Universal Pictures Video [nl] - (2001) (Netherlands) (video)
Universal Studios Home Entertainment [us] - (2012) (USA) (DVD) (Blu-ray) (Universal's 100th Anniversary)
Universal Studios Home Video [us] - (2001) (USA) (video)

Film Editors

  1. Wilson, John (II)


  1. Bailey, Andy (III) (head chef)
  2. Bell, Eileen (III) (chaperone: Jamie Bell)
  3. Benn, Roanna (script editor)
  4. Boyle, Amanda (II) (company coordinator: WT²)
  5. Brockbank, Cate (unit nurse)
  6. Burgess, Rachel (stand-in)
  7. Cattrall, Ann (floor runner)
  8. Cheng, Kayin (I) (additional help) (as Kayin Cheung)
  9. Claus, Melanie (production coordinator: re-shoot) (uncredited)
  10. Darling, Peter (II) (choreographer)
  11. Davis, Amanda (II) (development executive: Tiger Aspect)
  12. De Souza, Cynthia (assistant: Greg Brenman) (uncredited)
  13. Dowd, Francesca (production coordinator)
  14. Edmonds, Jake (advisor: health and safety)
  15. Ensby, John (laboratory contact)
  16. Gibbons, Cyril (advisor: health and safety) (as Cyril Gibbens)
  17. Gobbi, Sean (head chef)
  18. Harper, Tarn (post-production accountant)
  19. Harvey, Matt (I) (caterer)
  20. Hetherington, Ann (tutor)
  21. Holroyd, Rachel (representative: Working Title)
  22. Hook, Katherine (tutor)
  23. Horner, Ashley (location runner)
  24. Jayawardena, Joseph (location manager)
  25. Koerner, Elsie (stand-in)
  26. Lalor, Jenny (business affairs: Tiger Aspect)
  27. Llewellyn Reeve, Christine (location manager) (as Christine Llewellyn-Reeve)
  28. Marmion, Grainne (production executive: BBC)
  29. Matfin, Audrey (chaperone: Jamie Bell)
  30. McCullough, Jill (I) (dialect coach)
  31. Medlycott, David (assistant location manager)
  32. Morgan, Zoe (script supervisor) (as Zoë Morgan)
  33. Nevin, Cath (unit nurse)
  34. Nixon, Gary (I) (production accountant)
  35. Norfolk, Mick (caterer)
  36. O'Connor, Paddy (III) (additional help)
  37. O'Toole, Matthew (I) (assistant accountant)
  38. Page, Lynne (associate choreographer)
  39. Previd, Nevette (unit publicist: Freud Communications)
  40. Price, Darren (I) (production runner)
  41. Prior, Rachael (assistant: Natascha Wharton)
  42. Quinn, Sue (I) (location finder)
  43. Rule, Sarah (additional help)
  44. Scott, Julie (I) (financial controller: BBC)
  45. Simmons, Nick (III) (floor runner: second unit)
  46. Smith, Robyn (IV) (special license: Mr. Fred Astaire's appearance) (as Mrs. Fred Astaire)
  47. Southern, Dylan (I) (production office trainee)
  48. Spencer, Marieke (assistant: Stephen Daldry)
  49. Tomlin, Julian (I) (business affairs: Working Title)
  50. Waters, Katie (assistant: Greg Brenman)
  51. Whitcomb, Michael (stand-in)
  52. Willey, Deborah (production assistant)
  53. Williamson, Gus (caterer)
  54. Wood, John (XI) (caterer)
  55. Worthington, Çigdem (business affairs: Working Title)


Dad: Listen, have you noticed anything weird about our Billy lately? Tony: What are you after like, a list? Billy: Just because I like ballet doesn't mean I'm a poof, you know. Mrs. Wilkinson: Find a place on that bloody wall and focus on that spot. Then whip your head 'round and come back to that spot. Prepare! Mrs. Wilkinson: Right, Mr. Braithwaite, "The Sun Will Come Out Tomorrow". [to herself] Fat chance! Billy: So what about your mother? Does she have sex? Debbie: No, she's unfulfilled. That's why she dances. Billy: She dances instead of sex? Your family's weird! Billy: I don't want a childhood. I want to be a ballet dancer. Billy: All right, all right, don't lose your blob! Billy: Miss, you don't fancy me do, do you? Mrs. Wilkinson: No, Billy. Funnily enough, I don't. Now piss off! Billy: [smiling] Piss off yourself. Dad: I'm bustin' my ass for those 50 pences and you're - look, from now on, you stay here and look out for your Nana. Got that? Good. Grandma: They used to say I could have been a professional dancer if I'd had the trainin'! Dad: WILL YOU SHUT UP? Billy: I hate you! You're a bastard! Grandma: I used to go to ballet. Billy: See? Dad: All right for your Nana, for girls. No, not for lads, Billy. Lads do football... or boxing... or wrestling. Not friggin' ballet. Mrs. Wilkinson: Please yourself, darlin'. Debbie: If you want, I'll show you me fanny. Billy: Nah, I'm all right. Mr. Braithwaite: You look like a right wanker to me, son. Mrs. Wilkinson: This'll sound strange, Billy, but for some time now I've been thinkin' of the Royal Ballet School. Billy: Aren't you a bit old, miss? Mrs. Wilkinson: No, not me... you! I'm the bloody teacher! Billy: I don't want to do your stupid fucking audition! You only want me to do it for your own benefit! [Billy falls to an opponent at boxing] George: Jesus Christ, Billy Elliot! You're a disgrace to them gloves, your father, and the traditions of this boxing hall! [Billy is dancing while walking] Dad: Is that absolutely necessary? Walk normal! Tony: You're a ballet dancer, then let's be havin' it! Billy: So, what's it like, like? Dad: What's what like? Billy: London. Dad: I don't know, son. I never made it past Durham. Billy: Have you never been? Dad: Why would I want to go to London? Billy: It's the capital city! Dad: Well, there are no mines in London. Billy: Jesus Christ, is that all you think about? [at the theatre] Tony: What the bloody hell are you doing here? Michael (Aged 25): I wouldn't have missed it for the world. Michael: Oi, dancing boy! [Billy runs to Michael] Dad: We'll miss the bus, Billy! Tony: Will you stop being an old fucking woman? Billy: Tony, do you ever think about death? Tony: Fuck off. Mrs. Wilkinson: So. Do we get the pleasure of your company next week? Billy: It's just, I feel like a right sissy. Mrs. Wilkinson: Well don't act like one. 50p please. And if you're not coming again give us your shoes. Billy: [thinks] No, you're all right. Mrs. Wilkinson: Right. Gary Poulson: What are you deeing man? This is hand to hand combat not a bloody tea dance! Debbie: Dad did it with this woman from work but they don't think I know. Michael: So you're going to ballet every week? Billy: Aye, but don't say owt. Michael: Do you get to wear a tutu? Billy: Fuck off, they're only for lasses. I wear me shorts. Michael: You ought to ask for a tutu? Billy: I'd look a right dickhead. Michael: I think you'd look wicked. Mrs. Wilkinson: What have I told you about that arm? Billy: I think I'm scared, Dad. Dad: That's okay, son. We're all scared. Billy: Well... if I don't like it, can I still come back? Dad: Are you kidding? We've let out your room. [straight face then laughter] Tutor 1: What does it feel like when you're dancing? Billy: Don't know. Sorta feels good. Sorta stiff and that, but once I get going... then I like, forget everything. And... sorta disappear. Sorta disappear. Like I feel a change in my whole body. And I've got this fire in my body. I'm just there. Flyin' like a bird. Like electricity. Yeah, like electricity. Mrs. Wilkinson: She must've been a very special woman, your mother. Billy: No she was just me mam. NCB Official: Can you tell us why you first became interested in ballet? Billy: Don't know. [pauses] Just was. NCB Official: Well was there any particular aspect of the ballet which caught your imagination? Billy: The dancin'. Tony: Dance you little twat! Tony: Have you been playing my records you little twat? Billy: I never played nowt. Tony: Nob'ed. George: [to the boxing class] I'm going to let Mrs. Wilkinson use the bottom end of the boxing hall for her ballet lessons. So no hanky-panky, understood? Billy: My hands are freezing. Michael: 'Gizzem here. Billy: [Michael takes his hands and puts them in his jacket] What are you doing? Michael: Nothin'. Just warmin' your hands up. Billy: [pause] You're not a poof or owt? Michael: [deadpan] What gave you that impression? Billy: Aren't me hands cold? Michael: I quite like it. [kisses Billy on the cheek; they stare at each other] Billy: Just because I like ballet, doesn't mean I'm a poof, you know. Michael: You won't tell anyone, will you? Billy: [pauses, then grins] Come on. Michael: [stares after him longingly] Michael: Oi! Dancing boy! Dad: [Billy turns around and starts running to him] We'll miss the bus, Billy! Tony: Can you stop being an old fucking woman? Billy: [approaches Michael, then after a moment, kisses him on the cheek] See you then. [smiles and runs off]

Other Titles

  1. Billy Elliot (2000) (ENG)

  2. Billy Elliot - I Will Dance (2000) (ENG)

  3. Dancer (2000) (ENG)
    (France) (festival title)

  4. Dancer (2000) (ENG)
    (UK) (working title)

Shooting/Filming Locations

  1. Canary Wharf Underground Station, Canary Wharf, Isle of Dogs, London, England, UK
  2. County Durham, England, UK
  3. Easington, County Durham, England, UK
  4. Haymarket Theatre, Haymarket, St. James's, London, England, UK
  5. London, England, UK
  6. Lynemouth, Northumberland, England, UK
  7. Middlesbrough, North Yorkshire, England, UK
  8. Newbiggin-by-the-Sea, Northumberland, England, UK
  9. Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Tyne & Wear, England, UK
  10. Royal Ballet School, White Lodge, Richmond Park, Richmond, Surrey, England, UK
  11. Royal Opera House, Bow Street, Covent Garden, London, England, UK - (exteriors)
  12. Seaham, County Durham, England, UK
  13. Shepperton Studios, Shepperton, Surrey, England, UK - (studio)
  14. Tees Transporter Bridge, Middlesbrough, North Yorkshire, England, UK


- Partly inspired by Royal Ballet dancer Philip Marsden whom writer 'Lee Hall (I)' (qv) met while researching the script. Marsden is from the North of England, and his family had a militant mining background.

- 'Jamie Bell (I)' (qv) took ballet and other dance classes while in secondary school, which caused him to often be ridiculed by his peers. He used some of these experiences as inspiration while playing Billy Elliot.

- In the final scene, the ballet in which Billy performs is Mathew Bourne's version of "Swan Lake" where all the Swans are played by men. Billy plays the part of the Swan, the same part he discusses with Mrs Wilkinson earlier in the film.

- One of the great qualms of the entire film was whether Mrs. Wilkinson should be there in the final scene, where the older Billy Elliot performs Swan Lake. Eventually, it came down to the fact that 'Julie Walters' wasn't available for filming.

- Billy Elliot's original title was 'Dancer', but when they took the film to the Cannes Film Festival, there was another film called _Dancer in the Dark (2000)_ (qv), which won the Palmes D'Or, prompting confusion; indeed, Universal Studios called the directors, producers and