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Billy Elliot

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Directed by   Stephen Daldry

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Setting <ul><li>Before we begin to study this text, it is important that we understand the setting of the film.   </li></u...

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Time <ul><li>It is set during the miner’s strike of 1984-5.  The year of the film is never mentioned, but it can be establ...

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Billy Elliot

  1. 1. Directed by Stephen Daldry
  2. 2. Setting <ul><li>Before we begin to study this text, it is important that we understand the setting of the film. </li></ul><ul><li>The overall setting is; </li></ul><ul><li>Time </li></ul><ul><li>Place </li></ul><ul><li>Political/Social Context </li></ul>
  3. 3. Time <ul><li>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; </li></ul><ul><li>music, </li></ul><ul><li>costume, </li></ul><ul><li>references to political events </li></ul><ul><li>wall paper, </li></ul><ul><li>snippets of news broadcasts. </li></ul><ul><li>Clear skies, Christmas. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Place <ul><li>The film is set in a mining village in County Durham, North East England. </li></ul><ul><li>It is a community under extreme threat – the closure of the mine. </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>Durham </li></ul><ul><li>London </li></ul><ul><li>Emma </li></ul>
  6. 6. Political/Social Context <ul><li>Early in the 1980s Margaret Thatcher introduced new economic reforms that threatened the power of trade unions. The struggle was bitter. </li></ul><ul><li>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. </li></ul><ul><li>At the same time, English bands like The Clash gaining popularity. Music strongly influenced by English Punk scene. </li></ul>
  7. 9. Lyrics <ul><li>On the next slide, lyrics to the song “London Calling,” will appear. </li></ul><ul><li>Answer the following questions; </li></ul><ul><li>Is geographical location significant in this song? In the film? Explain. </li></ul><ul><li>What is the name </li></ul><ul><li>Write down 3 metaphors. How might these metaphors link to the film? </li></ul>
  8. 10. London Calling - by The Clash <ul><li>London calling to the faraway towns </li></ul><ul><li>Now war is declared - and battle come down </li></ul><ul><li>London calling to the underworld </li></ul><ul><li>Come out of the cupboard,you boys and girls </li></ul><ul><li>London calling, now don't look to us </li></ul><ul><li>Phoney Beatlemania has bitten the dust </li></ul><ul><li>London calling, see we ain't got no swing </li></ul><ul><li>'Cept for the reign of that truncheon thing </li></ul>
  9. 11. <ul><li>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 </li></ul>
  10. 12. Setting Continued <ul><li>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. </li></ul>
  11. 13. Plot <ul><li>Plot, very simply, is what happens in a text. However, with plot comes a few other key ideas. They are; </li></ul><ul><li>Structure </li></ul><ul><li>Emotional Curve </li></ul><ul><li>Cause and Effect </li></ul>
  12. 14. Structure <ul><li>Copy the 3 Act Structure off the board. </li></ul><ul><li>Discuss the following; </li></ul><ul><li>Which point in the text marks the half way point? Give reasons. </li></ul><ul><li>The classic First Act Question is to whether to accept or refuse a challenge. </li></ul>
  13. 15. The Typical Emotional Curve <ul><li>Act 1 Act 2 Act 3 Time </li></ul><ul><li>Set-Up Confrontation Resolution </li></ul>Tension
  14. 16. Emotional Curve <ul><li>Try to plot the following plot events on the graph, this time labelling the vertical axis as Billy’s Dream . </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Billy joins ballet class </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Dad sees Billy dancing, and forbids him to dance. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Tony gets jailed/Billy misses audition/Confrontation/Dance </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Christmas - Jacky sees Billy/face-off </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Audition Letter. - Performance </li></ul></ul>
  15. 17. <ul><li>There are three main themes. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Dreams </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Masculinity </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Personal Identity </li></ul></ul>Main Themes

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