Set in 1984 during a miner's strike in Northern England, we follow a young boy who is determined to be a dancer. This is of course heresy to his working-class father, who would much rather having him boxing than dancing. Throw in the usual male-dancers-are-queer allegations and a sympathetic dance teacher, and you have an award-winning heart-warmer.
Ian Douglas: Okay, so the storyline is not entirely original (see The Karate Kid, for example) but the setting and presentation are fresh and hold the attention. In essence, the tale is about doing what you believe to be right, regardless of what your family or community says. A tribute to those courageous individuals who do.
Gareth Henderson (18): I felt that it dealt with so many issues that were relevant to madern day society.
Dion Scher (26): The acting was excellent and the characters well portrayed. This movie will make you laught and it'll make you cry. In its entirity, a truly excellent film that will leave you wanting more.
Shalantha Rampersad (24): Different from the normal Hollywood unrealistic stories. A very touching and heart-warming story, a definite must-see.
Jon Francis (28): There is no substance in BE's struggle - there is no substance in the rest of the characters' beliefs.
Katherine Hinkle (17): I think that this Billy Elliot is the best movie ever. That is my opinion, but it counts. I didn't really like the bad language, but I guess it goes in with everything.