2000 Certificate: 15


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. Set in Durham at the time of the miners' strike of the 1980s, this appealing drama sees Billy going head to head with his widower father (Gary Lewis) and brother (Jamie Draven), especially when he declares his desire to try for the Royal Ballet School. 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 Lewis.


  • Stephen Daldry


  • Julie Walters

  • Jamie Bell

  • Gary Lewis

  • Jamie Draven