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Compare and contrast the way the director of 'Billy Elliot' and the author of the novel make us sympathetic towards the character of Billy as the film and novel begin.

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Billy Elliot Compare and contrast the way the director of 'Billy Elliot' and the author of the novel make us sympathetic towards the character of Billy as the film and novel begin. The film, 'Billy Elliot' is about a boy called Billy, who loves dancing. The story is set in the north of England in the 1980s, where the only jobs outside cities would be in factories or coal mining. The director of 'Billy Elliot' uses many techniques in which to make us like/empathise/feel sorry for Billy. The film begins in silence with a close up on the gramophone. This immediately makes us think that the music is going to be very important in the film, as first impressions always count. Billy starts jumping on his bed. The director uses the camera to get a close-up on Billy's feet and the gramophone. The gramophone gives us the sign that the setting for the film is in the past. ...read more.

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The director does this, so we can focus on Billy only and what he is doing, but as the camera moves slowly, we also get a glance at the rest of the house. In the film, when Billy's racing around and realises that his Nan is not there in the bedroom, it seems more serious in the novel than in the film. In the novel it seems as if Billy is a bad-tempered boy who only cares about himself as he says 'I could bloody kill her', and that he was 'bloody knackered' for looking for his Nan. In the film, Billy seems caring and understanding. The director shows this when Billy finds his Nan in the field, and has a close-up of Billy reaching for his Nan's hands. When Billy does this, it gives us a feeling that his Nan is in safe hands again, now that Billy was there. The scene in the house where Billy is playing the piano makes us feel sad and sorry for both Billy and his dad because the piano reminds them of Billy's mum. ...read more.

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The director shows the grandma again looking sad then back to Billy, who starts to play the piano again. The director makes this a sad moment by zooming into the photos of their dead mum on the piano. By now, we have the idea that Billy is a life-going character, who is caring. We do not really expect him to like boxing because of the rhythm he has, shown in the first scene, where he is jumping on his bed. I thought the way the director presented the character of Billy was good, because we get a clear idea of what the character is like and what his surroundings like. Throughout the beginning of the film, we gather that he is very physically active, he has got rhythm and that he lives in a poor house with his family who have a shortage of money. However, his personality gets along with the lifestyle, which is caring towards his Nan, loves his mum and overall I would say he's a strong character as he puts up with a lot like his mum dying and puts up with his dad and brother. Kajal Maisuria ...read more.

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