Amma Asante
Amma Asante

British actor/writer/director/producer Amma Asante (above) is all set to direct a period drama about the trials and tribulations of a mixed-race girl titled Belle, from a script which she co-wrote.

The story takes place in the 1780s, and follows a mixed-race girl, adopted into an aristocratic family, who faces class and color prejudices (sounds... uh... tragic). As she blossoms into a young woman, she develops a relationship with a vicar's son who is an advocate for slave emancipation.

I'm guessing this will be set in Britain.

The project which is budgeted at £6.5 million ($10.1 million), is scheduled to begin production net summer.

This will be Amma Asante's second feature; her feature debut was a 2004 "gritty" and "compelling" South Wales-set racism drama titled A Way Of Life, which she also wrote. And for her work on that film, she was blessed with the BAFTA's (the british equivalent of the OscarsCarl Foreman Award for best debut by a British filmmaker, as well as being named The Times Breakthrough Artist Of The Year.

I haven't seen her feature film debut, so I have no comment. I'll hunt for it, though I can say immediately that it's not on Netflix; you'll likely find a non-US region copy on Amazon.

I couldn't find much else on Belle, other than what's above.

But now that I'm aware of Ms Asante (I wasn't before today), given all the accolades her past work has received (including others I didn't mention here) I'll most certainly be watching her career closely from here on. Hopefully I can get my hands on her previous work both in front and behind the camera.