Aug 19 16 10:45 PM

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I picked a movie to watch on TV late last night called Billy Elliott, because that is my surname.  Early on, he enters a school building where a lovely young woman proceeds to put bright red lipstick on him.  This happens so rarely on mainstream television, I was quite startled.  "Wow!" I thought. "I've hit pay dirt".  But that was as far as it went.  He wanted to learn ballet dancing.  I kept watching for a tu-tu, but the lipstick was the limit.  Oh, well.
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Aug 20 16 5:29 AM

Well, if it's any consolation, Billy became a top dancer (played by the world famous Adam Cooper) with the Royal Ballet when he grew up.  The final scene was when the adult Billy played the heavily made-up Swan King, who is bisexual in the male version of Swan Lake.  He did get to wear a lot of make-up through fantasy, in a sense.  

Enough paint, no?


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Aug 21 16 5:44 AM

It is a film about a boy from a working class background (which in some parts of UK can be very conservative socially) who wants to be a ballet dancer; I would take the view that doesn't need a CD or trans subtext because if it did, that would spoil the 'you can whatever you want whoever you are ' sub-text by saying dancing is essentially feminine.

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Aug 21 16 6:58 AM

Probably just gay or bi, not trans, though the film didn't really get into that kind of thing. At some point between getting into ballet school, and staring in swan lake, there's a fair chance he had some kind of a relationship with another guy or at least a major crush on one. If you have the 'bump' that gives you both the desire and ability to dance like that, then you've also got the 'bump' that makes guys seem quite attractive, whether you choose to act on it or not. Once the parents have got over the hump of accepting that their son would rather be a dancer than a boxer, and decided to support them, and made all the sacrifices necessary to get them good enough to get into such a prestigious school, they probably aren't that worried any more about their sexuality either. The guy's successfully escaped from his roots, he lives in London around other people with similar personalities and interests, he can pretty much get up to whatever he wants. ;-)

"Well, we're really proud of who you turned out to be son, but still, best not bring the boyfriend home and upset the grandparents or neighbors."
That's the plotline they save up for the sequal, or something. ;-)

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Aug 23 16 12:51 AM

I love Billy Elliot and is in my DVD collection. It always reminds me of my own struggle with my father
though out my life to be excepted, and now I am out to him and totally excepted I do feel like Billy.

But there is always one scene that get's me, when Billy and his father are at the royal ballet school and at
the end of the audition he is asked a question.

"What does it feel like when you're dancing?

Don't know. Sort of feels good. It's sort of stiff and that
but once I get going then I, like, forget everything and
sort of disappear. I sort of disappear. Like I feel a change
in me whole body. Like there's a fire in me body.
I'm just there flying like a bird. Like electricity."

This definitely feels like me when either crossdreaming or especially crossdressing
or even just getting into a good song. Where I can just let totally go of social expectations.

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Aug 30 16 1:43 PM

You probably know that Billy Elliot was produced as a musical with the score written by Elton John, and that 'Electricity' scene is one of the big feature numbers. You can check it out on YouTube, I think I posted a link to it somewhere back on the old forum. 

It's one of the things I've sung with the male voice choir I'm a member of, so I know it pretty well. 

I can't really explain it
I haven't got the words
It's a feeling that you can't control
I suppose its like forgetting,Losing who you are,
And at the same time,
Something makes you whole,
Its like that there's a music,
Playing in your ear,
And I'm listening, and I'm listening
And then I disappearAnd then I feel a change
Like a fire deep inside
Something bursting me wide open
Impossible to hideAnd suddenly I'm flying
Flying like a bird
Like electricity
Sparks inside of me
And I'm free, I'm freeIt's a bit like being angry,
It's a bit like being scared,
Confused and all mixed up,
And mad as hell,
It's like when you've been crying,
And you're empty, and you're full,
I don't know what it is,
It's hard to tell,Its like that there's some music,
Playing in your ear,
But the music,
Is impossible,
Impossible to hear,But then I feel it move me,
Like a burning deep inside,
Something bursting me wide open
Impossible to hideThen suddenly I'm flying
Flying like a bird
Like electricity
Sparks inside of me
And I'm free, I'm freeElectricity
Sparks inside of me
And I'm free, I'm free
Oh oh whoa.
I'm free.

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