Release date: 13 June 2014 (United Kingdom)
Director: Amma Asante
Screenplay: Misan Sagay
Music composed by: Rachel Portman
Awards: The British Independent Film Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a British Independent Film
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.
I recently did a list of the 5 TV shows that I had been meaning to watch for ages so I decided, because I’m in a very similar situation, to do a list sharing the 5 films that I want to watch right this very second.
This is a film I have been meaning to watch for absolutely ages but I keep getting sidetracked because of some new releases (I’m looking at you Zootopia). It’s got to be nearly a year that I’ve been putting this film off for so I making myself a promise, here and now, that before the New Year I will watch this film. It’s historical and slightly romantic. Why would I not love it?
2) The Dressmaker
This is another film I’ve been meaning to watch for close to a year and I’ve still not managed to get around to it. It’s just ridiculous. I mean, it stars Kate Winslet and Liam Hemsworth – it’s going to be fab!
It physically pains me every time that I think about the fact I haven’t yet watched Ghostbusters. I really don’t have any excuses about this one, I just haven’t seen it yet and that fact is criminal. I will watch this before the New Year, I promise. I have to. Otherwise I have a problem.
4) Suicide Squad
I’m all for ignoring the critics and just watching the films you want to watch because a lot of my favourite films were absolutely slated by the movie buffs that be. I really want to form my own opinions on this film and come to my own conclusions, but I can’t do that until I’ve actually watched it.
5) Star Trek: Beyond
I’ve been meaning to watch this film for a while now but somehow, it’s just slipped under my radar. I also want to watch it to honor Anton Chekov who tragically died after this film was shot in a car accident. He was a brilliant actor and I can’t believe I’ve still not watched this film.