Billy Elliot is an eleven-year-old boy living in Easington, a mining village in the north-east of England, with his father Jackie, brother Tony and senile grandmother. It is 1984 and there are many violent strikes between the miners and the police. Billy’s father and older brother are involved in these strikes on a daily basis, and they always appear angry and grumpy at home. Contrary to their expectations, Billy takes up ballet instead of boxing lessons. And because he is a natural, he manages to get private lessons from the local school’s instructor, Mrs Wilkinson, who encourages him to try out for the Royal Ballet School in London. But the boy found many obstacles within his family, as his father and brother considered ballet to be something for sissies. However, with his stubbornness and passion Billy manages to convince the other two boys of the house, who after fifteen years can admire him in a theatre in London’s West End.