||Comedy / Drama / Music
||UK / France
County Durham, during the endless, violent 1984 strike against the Thatcher closure of British coal mines. Widower Jackie Elliot and his firstborn, fellow miner Tony, take a dim view of 11 year-old second son Billy's poor record in boxing class, which worsens when they discover he sneakily transferred to the neighboring, otherwise girls-only-attended ballet class. Only one schoolmate, closet-gay Michael Caffrey, encourages Billy's desire, aroused by the teacher, who judged him talented enough for private lesson, to train and try out for the world-renowned Royal Ballet audition. Only the prospect of a fancy career unimagined in the pauper quarter may twist pa and big brother's opposition to indispensable support.
Jamie Bell / Jean Heywood / Jamie Draven / Gary Lewis / Stuart Wells / Mike Elliot / Billy Fane / Nicola Blackwell / Julie Walters / Carol McGuigan / Joe Renton / Colin MacLachlan / Janine Birkett / Trevor Fox / Charlie Hardwick