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Belle Details

FULL SYNOPSIS

Set in 18th century England and based on a real story, Amma Asante's Belle stars relative Gugu Mbatha-Raw as the title character - full name, Dido Elizabeth Belle. She is the illegitimate, mixed-race daughter of British Admiral Sir John Lindsay and a black woman he had an affair with while serving overseas. Lindsay brings her to his uncle Lord Mansfield (Tom Wilkinson) who along with his wife Lady Mansfield (mily Watson) are already raising Elizabeth (Sarah Gadon), another niece the same age as Dido. Though Lady Mansfield fears scandal having a dark-skinned child as part of the home, Dido's father reminds them that his daughter does have the right to live there because of her lineage, and Lord Mansfield, a Lord Chief Justice of Britain, agrees. Belle and Elizabeth quickly become best friends, and when they come of age each begins courting suitors. Elizabeth is pursued by James Ashford (Tom Felton), a smarmy and racist manipulator who wants to marry her in order to please his equally conniving mother (Miranda Richardson) by increasing his own family's wealth and standing, while Dido proves alluring to James' brother Oliver (James Norton). However Dido's deepest affections are for John Davinier (Sam Reid), an idealistic young lawyer who is trying to sway Lord Mansfield on a crucial case before the high court that will have profound implications for Britain's slave trade. ~ Perry Seibert, Rovi

  • Release date:May 2, 2014

Cast

Gugu Mbatha-Raw
as Dido Elizabeth Belle
Tom Wilkinson
as Lord Mansfield
Emily Watson
as Lady Mansfield
Matthew Goode
as Admiral Sir John Lindsay
Sarah Gadon
as Elizabeth Murray
Penelope Wilton
as Lady Mary Murray
Miranda Richardson
as Lady Ashford
Tom Felton
as James Ashford
David Marshall Grant
as Zoffany
Charlotte Roach
as Maid, Kenwood House
Alex Jennings
as Lord Ashford

Crew

Damian Jones
Producer
Ben Smithard
Cinematographer
Rachel Portman
Composer (Music Score)
Maggie Rodford
Musical Direction/Supervision
Pia Di Ciaula
Editor
Victoria Boydell
Editor
Simon Bowles
Production Designer
Ben Smith
Supervising Art Director
Claudio Campana
Art Director
Jane Robertson
Co-producer
Julie Goldstein
Executive Producer
Hilary Davis
Executive Producer
Phil Hunt
Executive Producer
Compton Ross
Executive Producer
Christopher Collins
Executive Producer
Steve Christian
Executive Producer
Steve Norris
Executive Producer
Anushia Nieradzik
Costume Designer
Tina Jones
Set Decorator
Martin Curry
First Assistant Director
Jo Wallett
Production Manager
Toby Whale
Casting
Alistair Crocker
Production Sound Mixer
Brendan Nicholson
Re-Recording Mixer
Alice Syed
Production Coordinator
Lee Herrick
Supervising Sound Editor
Lucy Ainsworth-Taylor
Visual Effects Executive Producer
Marese Langan
Hair Designer
Marese Langan
Makeup Designer
Angela Barson
Visual Effects Supervisor
Clare Norman
Visual Effects Producer
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