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Year: 2013 
Running Time:
Aspect Ratio: Unknown 
Certificate: BBFC 12A Cert – Under 12s admitted only with an adult 
Subtitles: The level of subtitling in this film is unknown to WSC 
Directed by Amma Asante 
Starring: Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Matthew Goode, Emily Watson  
An image from Belle

Inspired by the life of Dido Elizabeth Belle, Belle follows the story of a young woman (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) born to a West Indian woman and a British naval officer in the 18th century, who is taken by her father to be raised in England by her great Uncle, Lord Mansfield. She is raised as an aristocrat but society dictates that she should be an outsider. Her growing relationship with John Davinier (Sam Reid) and involvement in abolitionism attracts criticism from all sides and Belle finds her life growing more and more difficult.

A much more political period drama, Belle explores young love in a world of societal and racial prejudice. With lavish costumes and a fabulous cast, it’s definitely worth a watch.

Jess Walker

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Screenings of this film:

2014/2015 Autumn Term (digital)