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Julie Walters set for Richard Harris honor at the BIFAs

Julie Walters set for Richard Harris honor at the BIFAs

LONDON, Dec. 3 (UPI) -- Actress Julie Walters is to be honored at Sunday's Moet British Independent Film Awards in London, organizers announced.
Mirren to play Queen Elizabeth II again

Mirren to play Queen Elizabeth II again

LONDON, Sept. 21 (UPI) -- British actress Helen Mirren is to play Queen Elizabeth II in Peter Morgan's new play, "The Audience," the drama's producers said Friday.

Olympics to close with star-studded show

LONDON, Aug. 11 (UPI) -- The man in charge of the closing ceremony at the London Olympics says Sunday's extravaganza will run three hours and include plenty of pop stars.
Elton John to resume performing

Elton John to resume performing

LONDON, May 30 (UPI) -- Elton John's representatives say the British pop icon, who was hospitalized last week, will begin his European concert tour as planned in Wetzlar, Germany.
11-year-old to star in Broadway's 'Annie'

11-year-old to star in Broadway's 'Annie'

NEW YORK, April 27 (UPI) -- An 11-year-old girl from Los Angeles has been cast in the title role of "Annie," the Broadway revival's producers said Friday.
'Billy Elliott' to close on Broadway

'Billy Elliott' to close on Broadway

NEW YORK, Oct. 3 (UPI) -- The Broadway production of "Billy Elliot the Musical" is to wrap up its three-year run in January, the Tony Award-winning show's producers said Monday.
Dance celebrated at White House

Dance celebrated at White House

WASHINGTON, Sept. 8 (UPI) -- First lady Michelle Obama welcomed an audience of students to the White House Tuesday for a program of performances by several top U.S. dance companies.
Elton, Joel summer concert canceled

Elton, Joel summer concert canceled

CHICAGO, Feb. 20 (UPI) -- Singer Elton John says he's "bitterly disappointed" the summer 2010 leg of his joint concert tour with Billy Joel has been canceled.
7.45M watch Tony Awards show

7.45M watch Tony Awards show

NEW YORK, June 8 (UPI) -- An estimated 7.45 million people tuned in to watch Sunday night's Tony Awards show broadcast live from New York, CBS said Monday.
'Elliot,' 'God of Carnage' win top Tonys

'Elliot,' 'God of Carnage' win top Tonys

NEW YORK, June 7 (UPI) -- "Billy Elliot, The Musical" won 10 Tony Awards, including one for best musical, at the 2009 Tony Award presentations in New York Sunday.
Parton, Poison to perform at Tonys

Parton, Poison to perform at Tonys

NEW YORK, June 2 (UPI) -- Dolly Parton, Elton John, Liza Minnelli, Stockard Channing and Poison have agreed to perform at Sunday's Tony Awards show in New York, CBS said.
'Bridget Jones' headed to B'way

'Bridget Jones' headed to B'way

NEW YORK, June 1 (UPI) -- A Broadway musical version of the book and film "Bridget Jones's Diary" is in the works, the head of England's Working Title production company said.
'Elliot,' 'Shrek' numbers set for Tonys

'Elliot,' 'Shrek' numbers set for Tonys

NEW YORK, May 28 (UPI) -- Performances from the nominated musicals "Billy Elliot," "Guys and Dolls," "Hair" and "Shrek" are to be featured on the upcoming Tony Awards show in New York.
'Elliot' wins 10 Drama Desk Awards

'Elliot' wins 10 Drama Desk Awards

NEW YORK, May 18 (UPI) -- "Billy Elliot the Musical" won 10 Drama Desk Awards, including the prize for outstanding musical, in a ceremony in New York.
'Billy Elliot' wins Drama League Award

'Billy Elliot' wins Drama League Award

NEW YORK, May 15 (UPI) -- Broadway's "Billy Elliot: The Musical" won the Drama League Award for distinguished production of a musical in New York Friday.
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Gregory Jbara holds his award for Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical for "Billy Elliot" at the American Theatre Wing's Antoinette Perry "Tony" Awards at Radio City Music Hall in New York on June 7, 2009. (UPI Photo/Laura Cavanaugh)
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Billy Elliot is a 2000 British drama film written by Lee Hall and directed by Stephen Daldry. Set in the fictional town of 'Everington' in the real County Durham, UK, it stars Jamie Bell as 11-year-old Billy, an aspiring dancer, Gary Lewis as his coal miner father, Jamie Draven as Billy's older brother, and Julie Walters as his ballet teacher. In 2001, author Melvin Burgess was commissioned to write the novelization of the film based on Lee Hall's screenplay. The story was adapted for the West End stage as Billy Elliot the Musical in 2005; it opened in Australia in 2007 and Broadway in 2008.

The film was theatrically released by the Motion Picture Association of America with an R rating for "language", when released on video, the film was re-cut to a PG-13 for "some thematic elements"; this cut version removes many of the used F-words.

The film is set during the UK miners' strike (1984–1985) and centres on the life of Billy (Jamie Bell), his love of dance and his hope to become a professional ballet dancer. Billy's father (Gary Lewis) and brother Tony (Jamie Draven) are both out on strike. Billy's mother is no longer alive and Billy and Tony's nan (Jean Heywood) also lives with the family.

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It uses material from the Wikipedia article "Billy Elliot."
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