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With an infectious soundtrack, expert choreography and two ‘en pointe’ performances from the UK’s Julie Walters and Jamie Bell, English director Stephen Daldry delivered an anthemic working-class story, that despite the backdrop of the 1980s miners’ strikes, is about as timeless as cinema gets.





When 11-year-old Billy (Jamie Bell) witnesses a ballet class that takes place in the same hall as his boxing club, he soon finds himself taking secret lessons with Mrs Wilkinson (Julie Walters). But when his coal-mining widowed father discovers the truth, it goes against everything he knows about raising a son.