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Elton’s ”Billy Elliot” Partner Will be at Alma Mater

Thursday 28
May 2009 @ 15:30

In the first of an exciting series where members of the film industry go back to their old school, FILMCLUB is delighted that a person pivotal to the success of both Billy Elliot the movie and Billy Elliot the musical, is to visit his alma mater.

Lee Hall is to be at Benfield in Newcastle on Wednesday, the third of June.

The former pupil is proud of his Newcastle roots and is keen to nurture future film-making talent in the north east. Billy Elliot itself was at least partly drawn from autobiography for Hall, who recognises the importance of working class aspirations and culture in an area that has seen dramatic social changes in recent years.

Lee will speak to staff and students from Benfield and other schools in the morning. In the afternoon, FILMCLUB invites teachers and pupils (especially those with an interest in drama and media) to attend the Tyneside Cinema in Newcastle.

There, as a celebration of existing north east cinematic clubs and as a way of introducing new schools to the service they offer, FILMCLUB will be hosting a thought-provoking afternoon featuring an exclusive audience with Hall. At this unique session, he will be talking about what has influenced his writing and why film means so much to him and there shall also be a secret movie picked by Lee for attendees to enjoy.

 If you would like to take part in the event, please contact FILMCLUB on 0207 288 4520 or email

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