This movie sparked my hatred for neo-liberalism and my love for Billy Bragg
Release date: September 29, 2000
Director: Stephen Daldry
Who should watch this movie: Dancers. The Gays. Leftists. (Bonus if you’re all of the above).
When should you watch this movie: When you’re feeling weighed down by society’s expectations. When you’re feeling weighed down by capitalism.
The sell: This movie is heartbreaking and heartwarming and you just have to watch it to figure out what that feels like. Billy Elliot tells the story of a young boy with a passion for dance who pursues his dream in secret amidst political and familial conflict. Set during the mining strikes in the UK, which took place throughout the 80s, this movie chooses to focus on innocence amidst turmoil. It manages to do so without demonizing the workers or villainizing those who are fighting for their livelihoods. The effect is a beautiful message on the importance of self exploration and discovery, even in spite of tense and violent circumstances. Don’t worry, the movie version is not a musical.