The film Billy Elliot is a British drama film which had premiere in 2000. The film is written and directed by Stephen Daldry. The author Melvin Burgess wrote the novelization of the film in 2001, and the story was adapted for the theatres in London in 2005 as Billy Elliot the Musical and productions in the USA and Australia soon followed. Actors and actresses taking part in the film are among others Jamie Bell, as Billy Elliot, Gary Lewis, as Jackie Elliot, and Julie Walters, as Georgia Wilkinson.
The film addresses the struggle of being accepted for one’s own decisions, homosexuality, the mine workers in Northern England’s fight for better wages and improved working conditions, and the difficulty of losing someone you love and still being able to function after. Even though all the secondary themes mention above are included in the film, the main focus is sat on Billy Elliot’s great effort to be acknowledged for his choice of path, as he decides to forsake boxing and become an aspiring ballet dancer.