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Billy Elliot
Billy Elliot
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Billy Elliot
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Billy Elliot
Billy Elliot
Billy Elliot
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Billy Elliot


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  • 1. Directed by Stephen Daldry
  • 2. Setting
    • Before we begin to study this text, it is important that we understand the setting of the film.
    • The overall setting is;
    • Time
    • Place
    • Political/Social Context
  • 3. Time
    • It is set during the miner’s strike of 1984-5. The year of the film is never mentioned, but it can be established by;
    • music,
    • costume,
    • references to political events
    • wall paper,
    • snippets of news broadcasts.
    • Clear skies, Christmas.
  • 4. Place
    • The film is set in a mining village in County Durham, North East England.
    • It is a community under extreme threat – the closure of the mine.
  • 5.
    • Durham
    • London
    • Emma
  • 6. Political/Social Context
    • Early in the 1980s Margaret Thatcher introduced new economic reforms that threatened the power of trade unions. The struggle was bitter.
    • Class division still very strong in England. Miners, although not badly paid normally, became very poor whilst on strike. Thatcher’s changes widened the class gaps.
    • At the same time, English bands like The Clash gaining popularity. Music strongly influenced by English Punk scene.
  • 7.  
  • 8.  
  • 9. Lyrics
    • On the next slide, lyrics to the song “London Calling,” will appear.
    • Answer the following questions;
    • Is geographical location significant in this song? In the film? Explain.
    • What is the name
    • Write down 3 metaphors. How might these metaphors link to the film?
  • 10. London Calling - by The Clash
    • London calling to the faraway towns
    • Now war is declared - and battle come down
    • London calling to the underworld
    • Come out of the cupboard,you boys and girls
    • London calling, now don't look to us
    • Phoney Beatlemania has bitten the dust
    • London calling, see we ain't got no swing
    • 'Cept for the reign of that truncheon thing
  • 11.
    • CHORUS The ice age is coming, the sun's zooming in Meltdown expected, the wheat is growing thin Engines stop running, but I have no fear Cause London is drowning and I, live by the river
  • 12. Setting Continued
    • Within that overall setting, there are smaller settings that give us clues to what is going on within the plot and the characters . This visual language presents themes in the text, and settings are often presented as symbols with broad significance to the film.
  • 13. Plot
    • Plot, very simply, is what happens in a text. However, with plot comes a few other key ideas. They are;
    • Structure
    • Emotional Curve
    • Cause and Effect
  • 14. Structure
    • Copy the 3 Act Structure off the board.
    • Discuss the following;
    • Which point in the text marks the half way point? Give reasons.
    • The classic First Act Question is to whether to accept or refuse a challenge.
  • 15. The Typical Emotional Curve
    • Act 1 Act 2 Act 3 Time
    • Set-Up Confrontation Resolution
  • 16. Emotional Curve
    • Try to plot the following plot events on the graph, this time labelling the vertical axis as Billy’s Dream .
      • Billy joins ballet class
      • Dad sees Billy dancing, and forbids him to dance.
      • Tony gets jailed/Billy misses audition/Confrontation/Dance
      • Christmas - Jacky sees Billy/face-off
      • Audition Letter. - Performance
  • 17.
    • There are three main themes.
      • Dreams
      • Masculinity
      • Personal Identity
    Main Themes
  • 18.