Billy Elliot

Date: 2000
Director: Stephen Daltry
Production Company: StudioCanal, Working Title Films, BBC Films

Stars: Jamie Bell, Jean Heywood, Jamie Draven, Gary Lewis, Julie Waters
Location(s): County Durham, London, Northumberland, North Yorkshire, Tyne & Wear, Wiltshire

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Storyline:

In the north-east of England during the seemingly endless miners strike of the mid-1980s, the young son of a widower becomes interested in ballet.

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Billy Elliot (Jamie Bell) tries, unsuccessfully, to sell boxing to his friend Michael Caffrey (Stuart Wells). A side entrance of the Rialto Cinema at the corner of Seaside Lane, Oswald Terrace and Easington Street in Easington Colliery, County Durham.

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After Billy took part in her ballet class, Sandra Wilkinson (Julie Walters) stops to ask if he'll come again next week as she drives home with her daughter Debbie (Nicola Blackwell). Facing east on the unnamed road at the top of Avon Street in Easington Colliery, County Durham.

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Leaving the eleven year old to make his mind up, Sandra continues homeward. Looking west on the same road in the village of Easington Colliery, lying between Seaham and Hartlepool.

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Billy watches Mrs. Wilkinson's car heading into the distance. The top of Angus Street with houses on Anthony Street in the centre background and the North Sea beyond.

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Grandma (Jean Heywood) looks at a headstone as Billy tends to his Mother's grave. Lynemouth Cemetery to the south of Lynemouth in Northumberland with the Aluminium Smelter in the background. The works ceased production in 2012.

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On a cross-country run, Billy and Michael talk about men being ballet dancers. Peter Bowery advises that this is the two tunnels at Ellington in Northumberland where the River Lyne passes through the next village Lynemouth.

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Michael points out that Wayne Sleep is as fit as an athlete.

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Billy runs across waste ground towards the travelling library that has parked in the village. The rear of properties on Anthony Street stand in the left background.

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While the Librarian (Carol McGuigan) watches the police in pursuit of a youth. Billy takes a book on ballet, hiding it before leaving the vehicle. Facing Ashton Street from the former Austin and Arthur Streets. The waste ground is now the site of Leech Court.

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After mastering the pirouette, Billy runs and dances his way home. Near the top of Andrew Street in Easington Colliery.

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To the immediate left stands Anthony Street with Argent Street opposite and this road becomes Crawlaw Road to the west.

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The back of Anthony Street stands to the right while houses front Ashton Street on the left and Bede Street runs into the centre distance.

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Billy heads off towards the Boxing Club, hiding his ballet shoes down his trousers.

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After being found at Mrs. Wilkinson's ballet class by his father, Billy runs from home after a heated row. The back of Alnwick Street and Andrew Streets in Easington Colliery.

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The frustrated youngster runs out of the village. Queen Alexandra Road in Seaham, County Durham.

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Anger begins to subside. Queen Alexandra Road with Green Drive Railway Viaduct on the line between Seaham and Hartlepool in the background.

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One day, after school, Billy walks to Mrs. Wilkinson's home.

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Billy pauses before walking to the front door to tell his teacher that his Dad has stopped him attending ballet lessons.

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Sandra drives her pupil home and offers him private lessons. Andrew Street runs across the background. The street was demolished in 2003.

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As they listen to an excerpt from Swan Lake on the car stereo, Mrs. Wilkinson takes Billy to an audition.

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The music continues to play in the background. The Tees Transporter Bridge across the River Tees in Middlesbrough, North Yorkshire.

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Sandra tells Billy the story of the Swan. Crossing the Middlesbrough Reach of the River Tees on the Tees Transporter Bridge.

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Approaching Port Clarence Road on the north bank of the Tees in Middlesbrough. The bridge is also seen during the title sequence of 'Schizo'.

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Striking miners and police battle each other as they run through the village streets before union agitator, Tony Elliot is spotted.

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Police reinforcements arrive as Tony is pursued through the terraces of houses.

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Tony Elliot (Jamie Draven) emerges from a house to be faced with a wall of riot police.

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Stopped in his tracks, Tony eyes the line of police before turning to escape through a house.

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Billy watches as his brother fights his way through washing before being run down by mounted police.

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When Billy misses an audition for the Royal Ballet School, Sandra drives to his home. Looking along Ashton Street from the bottom of Alnwick Street with buildings at the end of Avon Street in the centre and Angus Street to the right of centre.

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While Sandra waits, Jackie Elliot (Gary Lewis) approaches after returning from court with his sons. Facing south at the back of Alnwick and Andrew Streets in Easington Colliery.

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The family confront the ballet teacher. The back of Alnwick and Andrew Streets.

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Billy runs from the house after Sandra argues with his father and brother. Facing the rear of properties on Seaside Lane from the back of Alnwick Street to the left and Andrew Street on the right.

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Winter arrives and, at Christmas, Billy's father burns furniture to keep them warm. The back of Embleton Street and Stavordale Street West in Seaham.

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Billy and Michael drink weak beer whilst talking about running away. At the side of the Rialto Cinema on Londonderry Terrace running between Oswald Terrace and Easington Street in Easington Colliery.

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Jackie heads off to find Mrs. Wilkinson after discovering his son dancing at the the boxing club. Facing Londonderry Terrace from the backs of Oswald Terrace and Easington Street in Easington Colliery.

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Deciding to help his son with an audition at the Royal Ballet School, Jackie catches the bus taking working miners through the picket lines.

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The bus drops Jackie off at the pit where Tony persuades his father not to return to work as money can be raised in other ways. Lynemouth Colliery in Northumberland.

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While money is raised by the Welfare Club, Jackie heads into town with his late wife's jewellery. Looking towards the junction of Westgate Road and Cross gate from Pink Lane, Newcastle upon Tyne.

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Jackie enters a pawnbrokers. Pink Lane in Newcastle upon Tyne, a little further up from where scenes in 'Get Carter' were shot.

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Billy and his Dad head into town to catch the coach to London. Looking towards the North Sea from the back of Embleton Street and Stavordale Street West in Seaham. More of Seaham is seen in 'Life for Ruth'.

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Father and son walk towards the Royal Ballet School in Richmond. In reality, this is New Wardour Castle near Tisbury in Wiltshire.

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Back home, Billy makes his way to school as the Postman delivers a letter to the house. The main entrance to the former Rialto Cinema on Oswald Terrace, Easington Colliery. The cinema closed in the mid-1970s and the building is currently in use as a carpet store.

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Jackie runs to the Welfare Club to tell them that Billy has been accepted into the Royal Ballet School. Dawdon Miners' Hall on Mount Stewart Street in Dawdon near Seaham, County Durham.

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At the cemetery, Billy tells his Dad that he's scared. Lynemouth Cemetery with Lynemouth Colliery in the distance.

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From the top of an outhouse, Michael calls to Billy. Looking towards the back of Andrew and Alnwick Streets from the corner of Seaside Lane.

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The two friends say their goodbyes. The back of Alnwick and Andrew Streets in Easington Colliery, County Durham with Seaside Lane in the centre distance.

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Jackie holds his son tight before putting him on the coach to London. Gallowgate Bus Station in Newcastle upon Tyne. The site has been redeveloped.

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As the coach departs, Billy looks back at his Dad and brother. Newcastle upon Tyne's Gallowgate Bus Station with the former offices of the Scottish and Newcastle Brewery to the right.

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Tony watches the National Express coach carry Billy away. Gallowgate Bus Station in Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne & Wear.

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Fourteen years later, Tony and Jackie arrive in London. Canary Wharf Underground Station, Churchill Place in London E14.

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On his first ever visit to the capital, Jackie looks in wonder at the underground architecture. Canary Wharf Underground Station on the Isle of Dogs.

That evening, Jackie and Tony meet Michael and enter the theatre to watch Billy perform in Swan Lake in front of a full house. The Theatre Royal on Haymarket, London SW1.

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A daytime view of the same location from Peter.

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