True Story | 100 mins | 2013
BELLE is inspired by the true story of Dido Belle, a mixed race girl raised as an aristocratic Lady in England at the end of the 18th Century.
Festivals & Awards
Official Selection Special Presentation Toronto International Film Festival 2013
Cast & Credits
Director: Amma Asante
Writer: Misan Sagay
Cast: Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Sam Reid, Sarah Gadon, Tom Wilkinson, Emily Watson, Mattew Goode, Miranda Richardson, Penelope Wilton, James Norton
BELLE is inspired by the true story of Dido Belle, a mixed race girl raised as an aristocratic Lady in England at the end of the 18th Century. Half black and half white, Dido is the result of a union between British Naval officer, Sir Admiral John Lindsay and a an African slave woman.
When Dido’s mother dies, making her an orphan at the age of six, her father comes to claim her before returning to his family home at Kenwood House in Hampstead. There he beseeched his uncle, the Earl of Mansfield, to take the child in his care and to raise her alongside her cousin, Elizabeth, with equality and privilege in a manner befitting her aristocratic blood line.
Prevented from marrying because of the colour of her skin, Dido must navigate her way past barriers of race and class. Although she has the affection of a loving family, society will place many constraints upon her which she must fight to overcome if she is to discover the path to true love and self-acceptance.
Press & Reviews
All Hail Belle!
Amma Asante Unveils First Glimpse of 'Belle' | The Hollywood Reporter
Article in Ebony Magazine
Article in Elle
Article in Entertainment Weekly Magazine
Article in Essence
Article in Glamour Magazine
Article in New York Times
Article in People Magazine
Article in USA Weekly Magazine
Article in Vogue
Belle - Solid Box Office Debut
Belle | Features | Screen
Belle | Reviews | Screen
Belle Article - Yahoo movies
Belle at Abu Dhabi Film Festival - Director Amma Asante
'Belle' Review: Gugu Mbatha-Raw Shines in Amma Asante's Period Piece | Variety
Belle: Toronto 2013 - first look review | The Guardian
Eventing Standard | Article on Dido Belle
Extended Interview in New York Times
Extended Interview in USA Weekend
Fox Searchlight acquires Belle | Screen International
Fox Searchlight Picks Up 'Belle' for North America, UK. | The Hollywood Reporter
The Telegraph - Slave Girl who changed history
TIFF 2013 Review: 'Belle' Starring Gugu Mbatha-Raw | IndieWire
Toronto International Film Festival reveals first wave of titles | Screen International
Toronto Intl. Film Festival Unveils First Batch of Films | Variety