Stephen Daldry's evergreen coming-of-age drama stars Jamie Bell as an 11-year-old miner's son with an unexpected love - and talent - for dance. Fleet-footed debutant Bell waltzed off with the BAFTA for Best Actor, though the movie wouldn't be the same without the superb supporting acts of teacher Julie Walters and dad Gary Lewis.
Set in Durham at the time of the miners' strike of the 1980s, this appealing drama focuses on Billy (Jamie Bell) who, useless at boxing, has rhythm in his toes and joins the ballet class run by Mrs Wilkinson (Julie Walters). This inevitably results in raging strife with his widower father (Gary Lewis) and brother (Jamie Draven), especially when Billy declares his desire to try for the Royal Ballet School. A well-made, heartwarming film with a brillliant performance from Bell.