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See the Inspiration Behind the Drama Belle in Featurette and Stills

Go behind the scenes of the upcoming British period drama, ‘Belle,’ in the new featurette and stills from the film. The video features director Amma Asante, lead actress Gugu Mbatha-Raw and other cast members discussing the groundbreaking story of Dido Elizabeth Belle, the illegitimate mixed race daughter of Admiral Sir John Lindsay. The stills also offer a glimpse into the costumes and scenery of 1780s England.

The movie, which was written by Misan Sagay, is set to be released on May 2. The drama’s distributor, Fox Searchight, has released the following synopsis for the film:

‘Belle’ is inspired by the true story of Dido Elizabeth Belle (Mbatha-Raw), the illegitimate mixed race daughter of Admiral Sir John Lindsay (Matthew Goode). Raised by her aristocratic great-uncle Lord Mansfield (Tom Wilkinson) and his wife (Emily Watson), Belle’s lineage affords her certain privileges, yet her status prevents her from the traditions of noble social standing. While her cousin Elizabeth (Sarah Gadon) chases suitors for marriage, Belle is left on the sidelines wondering if she will ever find love. After meeting an idealistic young vicar’s son bent on changing society, he and Belle help shape Lord Mansfield’s role as Lord Chief Justice to end slavery in England.

Watch the new featureete, and check out the stills, from the film below:

Gugu Mbatha-Raw Stars in Belle

Director Amma Asante's Period Drama Belle

Director Amma Asante on the set of Belle

Written by: Karen Benardello

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As a life-long fan of entertainment, particularly films, television and music, and an endless passion for writing, Karen Benardello decided to combine the two for a career. She graduated from New York's LIU Post with a B.F.A in Journalism, Print and Electronic. While still attending college, Karen began writing for Shockya during the summer of 2007, when she began writing horror movie reviews. Since she began writing for Shockya, Karen has been promoted to the position of Senior Movies & Television Editor. Some of her duties in the position include interviewing filmmakers and musicians, producing posts on celebrity news and contributing reviews on albums and concerts. Some of her highlights include attending such festivals and conventions as the Tribeca Film Festival, the New York Film Festival, SXSW, Toronto After Dark, the Boston Film Festival and New York Comic-Con.

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