Period Drama Forward – High Strung

Ruby is a dancer who goes to a Performing Arts School in Manhattan. She meets a violinist named Johnnie who performs in the subway. When his attention is distracted his violin is taken. She tries to help him and she learns he is an illegal alien. She learns that there’s competition wherein a dancer performs with a string musician and the winner gets scholarship which can get him a student visa. He initially balks at it but later decides to give it a try and he brings in a dance crew he knows to help them.
This is a personal favorite.
Director: Michael Damian
Writers: Janeen Damian, Michael Damian
Stars: Keenan Kampa, Nicholas Galitzine, Sonoya Mizuno

 

 

 

 

Jamie Bell (age 14) as Billy Elliott

Jamie Bell as Billy Elliott

Jamie Bell - 2000 age 14 as Billy Elliot x2

Bell was born in Billingham, Teesside, England, where he grew up with his mother, Eileen (née Matfin), and elder sister, Kathryn. His father, John Bell, a toolmaker, left before Bell was born. Bell began his involvement with dance after he accompanied his sister to her ballet lessons. He was a pupil at Northfield School and took performing arts classes at the local franchise of Stagecoach Theatre Arts. He was a member of the National Youth Music Theatre.
Career

In 1999, he was chosen from a field of over 2,000 boys for the role of Billy Elliot, an 11-year-old boy who dismays his working-class widowed father and elder brother by taking up ballet.

 

 

 

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Jamie Bell 2001 - Winning Best Actor BAFTA for Billy Elliott

First film Jamie Bell had done and he received  a BAFTA for Best Performance by a Leading Actor (at the age of 14)