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Fox Searchlight Pick Up Amma Asante's Period Drama 'Belle' Starring Gugu Mbatha-Raw & Tom Wilkinson

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • July 1, 2013 3:25 PM
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Though it went mostly underseen in the U.S. , Amma Asante's 2004 film "A Way Of Life" was one of the best debut films by a British director in the last decade. A tough, powerful Wales-set drama with a brace of deeply moving performances, it won Asante the BAFTA Carl Foreman award for best debut by a British filmmaker as well as top prizes from the London and Miami Film Festivals, and marked the writer-director as a serious talent to watch.

Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Sarah Gadon & Sam Claflin Lead Promising Cast For Amma Asante's Period Drama 'Belle'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • May 16, 2012 9:39 AM
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Quentin Tarantino and Steve McQueen dared to tackle race and slavery with their latest projects, "Django Unchained" and "Twelve Years A Slave," and it looks like they've now paved the way for other filmmakers to follow suit. One such example is British helmer Amma Asante who's set to adapt the true story of Dido Elizabeth Belle -- a half-black illegitimate daughter of renowned Admiral Sir John Lindsay, eventually taken in and raised as an aristocratic lady in 18th Century England by Lindsay's uncle William Murray, the Earl of Mansfield.

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