UK FILM : BELLE – STARRING GUGU MBATHA-RAW (TRAILER)

Belle director Amma Asante

Belle director Amma Asante

The illegitimate, mixed-race daughter of a Captain in the Royal Navy finds her unique social standing become instrumental in the campaign to end slavery in England after meeting an idealistic young vicar’s son. 

Belle is inspired by the true story of Dido Elizebeth Belle (Gugu Mbatha-Raw), the illegitimate mixed race daughter of a Royal Navy Admiral. Raised by her aristocratic great-uncle Lord Mansfield (Tom Wilkinson) and his wife (Emily Watson), Belle’s lineage affords her certain privileges, yet the color of her skin prevents her from fully participating in the traditions of her social standing. Left to wonder if she will ever find love, Belle falls for an idealistic young vicar’s son bent on change who, with her help, shapes Lord Mansfield’s role as Lord Chief Justice to end slavery in England.

“Belle” movie hits theatres May 2, 2014.

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  1. Good to see 2 British Black directors (the other Steve Mcqueen) handling big movies of late. Lets hope the power they acquire means they can direct or force big studios to make other movies that show black people in all lights and not just slavery films. And i hope that these moves can also be non-American, so many stories that can be told from Africa, Afro-European or others.

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