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BELLE is inspired by the true story of Dido Elizabeth Belle (Gugu Mbatha-Raw), the illegitimate mixed race daughter of a Royal Navy Captain. 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. Written by
Fox Searchlight Pictures
After 18 drafts and 3 years of diligent hard work and research that led to the final script, the director, Amma Asante Pedersen, was stripped of the writing credit because Misan Sagay, a US writer whom she had never met and never worked with, took this entirely British film to her US union (the WGA) in order to claim sole writing credit for the work. She had tried to write a screenplay using some of the same history for the same producer, even though her work was abandoned. Because of a prior contract with HBO to develop the story, the WGA ruled that their member solely wrote the script, even though she didn't even contribute to it - this was largely because the director is not a WGA member (she is a WGGB member instead, as she's based in Great Britain). See more »
I just saw an advance screening of BELLE--and I absolutely loved it. The dialog, directing, performances, costumes, locations, and cinematography were all fabulous.
It's based on the mesmerizing and romantic true story of the beautiful, intelligent, mixed race daughter of an admiral, who was raised in Georgian England by her aristocratic great-uncle and his wife. The script hits all the right notes as Belle struggles to find her place in a society that doesn't quite accept her, and with the help of an idealistic young vicar's son (Sam Reid-- fantastic), influences an important anti-slavery case.
Congratulations to director Amma Asante and writer Misan Sagay for bringing this story vividly to life on the screen. Gugu Mbatha-Raw was luminous as Dido Belle, and I think Tom Wilkinson gave the best role of his career. Both are Oscar-worthy performances. The film is highly recommended.
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