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Billy Elliot

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|Description of scene: Opening scene: Mood, direction of plot and characterisation is established. |
|Scene numbers: One, two, three |
|Link to Into the World focus: Billy’s natural world is established |
|Action |Film techniques used |Meaning conveyed |
|Billy puts record onto record player. He |Extreme close up. There is no sound. |There is a sense of anticipation. The |
|begins playing the song. |Costume: Billy is dressed simply, |audience is waiting for something to happen|
|( to 1 min; 14 secs) |predominately in a bright yellow singlet. |and wondering what it will be. |
| |The singlet symbolises both childhood | |
| |(children wear singlets) and his working | |
| |class background (‘working class’ men | |
| |stereotypically wear singlets). It is also | |
| |very bright, and it stands out against the | |
| |grey wash of his natural world, suggesting | |
| |that he has promise and a bright future. | |
| |Yellow is also a natural colour, so perhaps| |
| |it suggests Billy’s desire to be natural | |
| |and true to himself. | |
|Billy jumps on the bed. The song is playing|Song is clearly audible. |Lyrics foreshadow the theme and plot of the|
|in the foreground. Billy’s actions are in |Extreme close up of Billy’s feet in the |story. |
|the background. |background, with the record player in the |Billy is established as the main character |
|(1 min; 31 secs) |foreground. |of the film. He is also clearly seen as a |
| |Colour wash is grey. |child. The colour wash establishes the |
| | |setting as one where poverty and difficulty|
| | |are found. Not a bright, cheery world. |
|Floral emblem on wall paper. |Focus on the emblem. It is repeated as a |It reminds us of the unseen femininity |
| |part of the wall paper. It is a motif. |encouraged by Billy’s mother. It is |
| | |repeated at the end of the film to remind |
| | |us of Billy’s childhood. |
|Billy bounces on the bed. |It is a cropped shot and the camera is |We are aware of his youthfulness and we |
|(2 min; 29 secs) |still. Therefore, the audience can see only|enjoy it. We notice that he cannot control |
| |the part of his body that passes through |his physical movement and understand that |
| |the vision of the camera. |he is having fun, as a child should. |
|Sound of the bell reminding him that he is |Juxtaposition of scenes. |Informs the audience of Billy’s adult |
|preparing breakfast. He moves into the |Mise-en-scene of kitchen – busy, |responsibilities. We are surprised that he |
|kitchen to complete this task. |disorganised, teatowels hanging off |has the chore of preparing breakfast. We |
| |ceiling, old fashioned. |realise the absence of his mother. |
| |Sound effects of Billy’s actions are added;|Mise-en-scene reinforces the meaning |
| |the song is still playing. |conveyed by the colour wash. |
| |Mid shot, a lengthy shot, at eye level. |Billy’s natural world is exposed. |
| | |Waiting to catch the toast is still |
| | |childish. |
| |Juxtaposition. | |
|Billy jumps on the bench and is ready to | | |
|catch the toast. | | |
|Billy opens the door with his head. His |Billy runs out of the kitchen. Camera |This shot shows the audience Billy, in his |
|expression is startled. His grandmother’s |follows his feet, taking the audience with |world. |
|bed is empty. He exclaims when he notices |him. Mid shot throughout allows audience to|He still appears childish. His startled |
|the empty bed. |remain focused on Billy’s actions. |expression causes the audience to |
|(3 min; 04 secs) | |anticipate the plot – to wonder what will |
| | |happen next. His exclamation tells us that |
| | |something is wrong. |
| | |The song is important and becomes a motif |
| | |for Billy’s desire and destiny to dance. |
| | | |
| |Song continues throughout. | |
|Billy looks for his grandmother. |Billy is frantic. Mid shot / close up. |We notice the contrast in Billy’s |
|Billy’s frantic search is contrasted with |Camera pans to follow his movement. |behaviour. We see him act with sincerity |
|his gentleness. He touches her and speaks | |and respect, which might surprise us |
|to her gently. He takes her hand. | |because he is only a child. A contrast |
|(3 min; 37 secs) | |between what we expect of a child and what |
| | |he is capable of. Also a stark contrast to |
| | |the characteristics exhibited by his father|
| | |and brother later in the film. |
|Miners are shown in distance. |Camera is still. Billy and grandma walk out|The audience is introduced to this gloomy |
|(3 mins; 57 secs) |of camera view. Skies are grey. Figures are|and difficult aspect of the plot. |
| |dark silhouetted. Long shot. | |

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