Directed by Amma Asante
Produced by Damian Jones
Written by Misan Sagay
Starring: Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Tom Wilkinson, Miranda Richardson, Penelope Wilton, Sam Reid, Matthew Goode, Emily Watson
Music by Rachel Portman
Cinematography Ben Smithard
Edited by Pia Di Ciaula, Victoria Boydell
Production companies: DJ Films, Isle of Man Film, Pinewood Pictures, BFI
Distributed by Fox Searchlight Pictures
Release dates:
8 September 2013 (TIFF)
2 May 2014 (United States)
13 June 2014 (United Kingdom)
Running time:  104 minutes
Country: United Kingdom
Language: English
Budget: $10.9 million
Box office: $16.5 million

Belle is a 2013 British period drama film directed by Amma Asante, written by Misan Sagay and produced by Damian Jones. It stars Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Tom Wilkinson, Miranda Richardson, Penelope Wilton, Sam Reid, Matthew Goode, Emily Watson, Sarah Gadon, Tom Felton and James Norton.
The film is inspired by the 1779 painting of Dido Elizabeth Belle beside her cousin Lady Elizabeth Murray, at Kenwood House, which was commissioned by their great-uncle, William Murray, 1st Earl of Mansfield, then Lord Chief Justice of England. Very little is known about the life of Dido Belle, who was born in the West Indies and was the illegitimate mixed-race daughter of Mansfield’s nephew. She is found living in poverty by her father and entrusted to the care of Mansfield and his wife. The fictional film centres on Dido’s relationship with an aspiring lawyer; it is set at a time of legal significance, as a court case is heard on what became known as the Zong massacre, when slaves were thrown overboard from a slave ship and the owner filed with his insurance company for the losses. Lord Mansfield rules on this case in England’s Court of King’s Bench in 1786, in a decision seen to contribute to the abolition of slavery in Britain.

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