Stephen Daldry's "Billy Elliot" has long been one of my favourite Standard English texts. Students always seem to enjoy it, even the toughest-seeming and most apathetic-looking of students. And, I am happy to see that it has been retained for Module C for the next round of HSC Prescriptions.
There are so many ways to teach "Billy Elliot" to bring out the concept of "Into to World" (2009-2014) or "Crossing Boundaries" (2015-2020). But, one of the ways I enjoy most is to look at the ways in which Daldry's film both conforms to and challenges Joseph Campbell's concept of the Monomyth/Hero's Journey. And, I always have greater success teaching students a film when I divide the film into Vogler's "Three Act Structure" as it translates well to one body paragraph in an essay per Act.
Here's a table I like to use to assist students in guiding themselves along their own journey of film critique and analysis:
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