Belle is the third project to receive investment from Pinewood and Pinewood Pictures initiative which was established to help fund and support British, independent films.
The film is directed by BAFTA Award winner Amma Asante and produced by Damian Jones (The Iron Lady) with an impressive lineup of some of Britain's finest actors and most exciting up and coming international stars including Sarah Gadon, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Tom Wilkinson, Sam Reid, Miranda Richardson, Matthew Goode, Emily Watson, Tom Felton, and Penelope Wilton.
Belle is a tale of passion and romance in the face of overwhelming adversity. Inspired by a 1779 painting of Dido Elizabeth Belle, and her life story, Belle tells the tale of a mixed–race girl raised as an aristocratic lady in 18th Century England. Battling social prejudice against the backdrop of a controversial slavery case, Belle brings to life the love story of Dido Belle (Gugu Mbatha Raw) and John Davinier (Sam Reid), in a world where one of England’s most powerful men stands between them.
A DJ Films, Isle of Man Film, Pinewood Pictures, BFI, Head Gear Films, Bankside Films production.
Fox Searchlight released in the UK on 13th June 2014