Movie Monday: Watch Trailer “Belle” starring Gugu Mbatha-Raw


Belle is a 2013 British 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, Matthew Goode, Emily Watson, Sam Reid, Sarah Gadon, Tom Felton, and James Norton.The film centers on Dido’s relationship with an aspiring young lawyer and is set at a time of legal significance as the potential ramifications of the Zong massacre become apparent. Lord Mansfield’s ruling on this infamous case, in England’s Court of King’s Bench, became an important step in bringing an end to slavery in England.

This new film “BELLE” is quite interesting to me because I have never heard of this story ever not even in school. It is definitely about time that we are being enlighten on poignant heroines . It is important for people to especially know the role women played that led to equality during the slavery institution era. We can not let the women in slavery become a forgotten role again as it has been for a long time. I think this film also shows forward movement women gaining more equality in the world as we still aren’t equal to men in most aspects.


The Main Character in “BELLE” is ironically  played by bi- racial actress from the UK. Gugu, short for Gugulethu, Xhosa for “Our Pride”, was born in the John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford, England. Her mother, Anne Raw, is a caucasian, English nurse, and her father, Patrick Mbatha, is a black, South African doctor.  A talented singer and dancer as well as playing the saxophone, she joined the Oxford Youth Music Theater in her teens. In 2001 she won a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) in London. Since graduation in 2004 she has appeared in all media, including as an acclaimed Juliet in “Romeo and Juliet” at Manchester’s Royal Exchange Theater and on television in such varied series as Bad Girls (1999), Doctor Who (2005) and “Marple”.

Here’s the back story on the movie “BELLE”


(original art work)

The film is inspired by the 1779 painting of Dido Elizabeth Belle beside her cousin Lady Elizabeth Murray. Commissioned by William Murray, 1st Earl of Mansfield, then Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales, the portrait of his two nieces hung in England’s Kenwood House, until 1922. Very little is known about Dido Belle’s life in the Mansfield home.

The Movie will premiere this Friday May 2nd ,2014 in NY and LA . Through out the months of May and June the film will premiering in other cities cross the country. Check for dates and cities where you can catch “BELL” near you !


2 thoughts on “Movie Monday: Watch Trailer “Belle” starring Gugu Mbatha-Raw

  1. Hello,

    My name is Ebony Blanding and I am the co-director and writer of the web series “The Shrink in B6.”

    My film partner (Amber Bournett) and I go under the name of HOUSE OF JUNE — we are two women directors that reside in Atlanta, GA. We are emailing you in hopes that you will give our blossoming series a look and possibly help spread the word on your platform.

    Sharing our message is important because there are voids in entertainment industry that need to be filled. Our message is to defy the BS typecast and stereotypes regarding the professional and personal relationships of women. This is why we are here as House of June. This is why we create.

    Our series, “The Shrink in B6” follows NADIA WEST (Shayla Love Washington), a psychology grad school dropout and recently fired waitress who is given an ultimatum by her roommate FARRAH(Tabby Molapo) to find a job. After not-so-thought-out consideration, Nadia posts a Craigslist ad for her services to provide affordable and intimate counseling sessions in her apartment. One-on-one, Nadia “counsels” an eclectic group of people with colorful issues, each episode with Nadia at the helm of their session as an unlicensed pseudo-shrink.

    We appreciate the dopeness of your platform greatly. Thank you abundantly for the consideration.

    “Tacos & Ultimatums” EP.1

    “Spin Gold Out of Shit” EP.2

    “Netflix & Bootlegs” EP. 3

    Cheers & Dopeness,

    HOUSE OF JUNE | Ebony & Amber

    • Hi Ebony and Amber thank you for reaching out to me ! I’m actually just leaving Atl today so that’s a big coincidence that you ladies are based in atl.Congrats on your web series and I would love to review the series! I will take a look at the series this weekend and possibly have some questions for you ladies so we can do a small interview or if you ladies have any additional info you would like to give me on your background .

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