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Belle

Belle
  • 2013
  • UK
  • 104 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Amma Asante
  • Written by: Misan Sagay
  • Cast: Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Matthew Goode, Emily Watson
  • UK release: 13 June 2014

The mixed-race, illegitimate daughter of a Royal Navy Admiral goes to live with her uncle, amid a frosty reception from the English aristocracy. Inspired by the true story of Dido Elizabeth Belle.

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Belle

Dido Elizabeth Belle (Gugu Mbatha-Raw), the illegitimate daughter of a Royal Navy officer, is placed in the custody of his uncle (Tom Wilkinson), an aristocrat and Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales. She grows up in Kenwood House, but feels that her status is affected by her gender and the colour of her skin.

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Belle

3 Jun 20144 stars

Assured historical drama profiling illegitimate daughter of British aristocrat and an African slave

The fact that a decade has passed since Amma Asante's BAFTA-winning debut A Way Of Life is a stark reminder of how difficult it is for even the most talented individuals to make films in Britain. Belle is an elegantly assured, emotionally charged…

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