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Go Behind The Scenes w/ The Cast In New 'Belle' Featurette

by Tambay A. Obenson
April 15, 2014 4:28 PM
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Go behind the scenes with this brand new sneak peak at Fox Searchight's upcoming period drama Belle, directed by Amma Asante, set for release on May 2, 2014

The period drama about the trials and tribulations of a mixed-race girl, in the 1700s, made its World Premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival last fall.

It stars Gugu Mbatha-RawMiranda RichardsonTom Wilkinson, Sarah GadonSam Claflin, and Matthew Goode

The story takes place in the 1780s, and is based on a true story - specifically, the true story of Dido Belle, a mixed-race woman raised as an aristocrat in 18th-century England. It follows Belle, adopted into an aristocratic family, who faces class and color prejudices. As she blossoms into a young woman, she develops a relationship with a vicar's son who is an advocate for slave emancipation. 

Her full name was Dido Elizabeth Belle, born 1761, died 1804; she was the illegitimate daughter of John Lindsay (a white British Naval officer) and an African slave woman known only as Belle

Mbatha-Raw is of course playing the lead role. 

Tom Felton (from the Harry Potter movies), Sam Reid (playing Belle's love interest), James Norton and Penelope Wilton (Downton Abbey) co-star.

Misan Sagay penned the script; Damian Jones produced.

Zeba positively reviewed the film at TIFF. Read her thoughts HERE.

Watch the new featurette below:

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  • JulieB | April 16, 2014 1:41 AMReply

    I can't wait for this movie. I'm very familiar with the story of Belle. I love that this movie was written and directed by two black women. I wonder will they touch on how her parents met. It isn't known if her mother was a slave or a free woman, there's no proof of her status.

  • jasmine | April 15, 2014 7:13 PMReply

    Written and directed by black women, how is that hollywood. That's what I meant to say....

  • Phred G | April 16, 2014 12:26 AM

    Agreed. Granted this project deals with British history but give it a chance. "What Belle does brilliantly is emphasize the fact that the history of slavery is as much connected to Britain as it was to America, that it is a global history, and that its effects are more far-reaching than we’ll ever comprehend." from the review link mentioned above. And I love Gugu and also Penelope Wilton (Dr. Who, Downton Abbey). I'll give it MY $6.00 (Senior Discount).

  • amazing | April 15, 2014 6:38 PMReply

    It's amazing how history and Hollywood have conspired to present the wholesale rape of black women during slavery as something benign and ultimately positive.

  • jasmine | April 15, 2014 7:12 PM

    How is written and directed by black women hollywood? Now if it was Tate....

  • Boykin | April 15, 2014 5:00 PMReply

    "Belle: 12 Years a Slave Lite"

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