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Belle (2013)

  • Rate: 7.2/10 total 1,241 votes 
  • Genre: Drama
  • Release Date: 13 June 2014 (Ireland)
  • Runtime: 104 min
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Belle (2013)

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  • IMDb page: Belle (2013)
  • Rate: 7.2/10 total 1,241 votes 
  • Genre: Drama
  • Release Date: 13 June 2014 (Ireland)
  • Runtime: 104 min
  • Filming Location: Pinewood Studios, Iver Heath, Buckinghamshire, England, UK
  • Gross: $4,315,000 (USA) (23 May 2014)
  • Director: Amma Asante
  • Stars: Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Matthew Goode, Emily Watson | See full cast and crew »
  • Original Music By: Rachel Portman   
  • Soundtrack: Concerto Grosso Op. 6, No. 5 in D Major, HWV 323, Menuet
  • Sound Mix: Dolby
  • Plot Keyword: England | Slavery | Interracial Relationship | Judge | Family Relationships

Writing Credits By:

  • Misan Sagay (writer)

Known Trivia

  • Gugu Mbatha-Raw was attached to the film for seven years while it struggled in development. 8 of 8 found this interesting Interesting? YesNo |
  • An early version of the script was called Belle and Bette and focused more on the relationship between Dido and her cousin Elizabeth. 5 of 5 found this interesting Interesting? YesNo |
  • The line “What is right can never be impossible” is something that director Amma Asante’s father used to say to her. 4 of 4 found this interesting Interesting? YesNo |
  • Sam Claflin was initially cast but he dropped out due to scheduling conflicts. His role was recast with Sam Reid. 7 of 9 found this interesting Interesting? YesNo |

Plot: An illegitimate mixed race daughter of a Royal Navy Admiral is raised by her aristocratic great-uncle. Full summary » |  »

Story: BELLE is inspired by the true story of Dido Elizabeth Belle (Gugu Mabatha-Raw), the illegitimate mixed race daughter of a Royal Navy Admiral. 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. Written byFox Searchlight Pictures


Synopsis: Set in the late 1700’s, it tells the story of a young lady, called Dido Elizabeth Belle, who was the first mixed race lady to be brought up in English high society. She lived at Kenwood House, in London, and was raised by her Uncle, Lord Mansfield, who was the Lord Chief Justice at the time.


FullCast & Crew

Produced By:

  • Steve Christian known as executive producer
  • Hilary Davis known as executive producer
  • Ivan Dunleavy known as executive producer
  • Phil Hunt known as executive producer
  • Damian Jones known as producer
  • Stephen Kelliher known as executive producer
  • Robert Norris known as co-producer
  • Steve Norris known as executive producer
  • Jane Robertson known as co-producer
  • Compton Ross known as executive producer

FullCast & Crew:

  • Matthew Goode known as Captain Sir John Lindsay
  • Lauren Julien-Box known as Young Dido
  • Natasha Williams known as Poor Woman
  • Alan McKenna known as Harry
  • Penelope Wilton known as Lady Mary Murray
  • Cara Jenkins known as Young Elizabeth
  • Emily Watson known as Lady Mansfield
  • Tom Wilkinson known as Lord Mansfield
  • Sarah Gadon known as Elizabeth Murray
  • Gugu Mbatha-Raw known as Dido Elizabeth Belle
  • Miranda Richardson known as Lady Ashford
  • James Norton known as Oliver Ashford
  • Tom Felton known as James Ashford
  • Timothy Walker known as Wimbridge
  • Sam Reid known as John Davinier
  • David Gant known as Zoffany
  • Charlotte Roach known as Maid, Kenwood House
  • Rupert Wickham known as Reverend Davinier
  • Bethan Mary-James known as Mabel
  • Alana Ramsey known as Maid, Ashford House
  • Alex Jennings known as Lord Ashford
  • Daniel Wilde known as Gentleman 1
  • Susan Brown known as Baroness Vernon
  • James Northcote known as Mr. Vaughan
  • Andrew Woodall known as Lord Mayor
  • Edmund Short known as Law Student
  • Christopher Middleton known as Court Clerk
  • Lasco Atkins known as Street Passer-By (uncredited)
  • Tom Coulston known as John Davinier's Friend (uncredited)
  • Tony Eccles known as Mr. Francis (uncredited)
  • Barrie Martin known as Gentleman (uncredited)
  • Alfred Mather known as Mr. Francis (uncredited)
  • Adam Nowell known as Upper Class Gentleman (uncredited)
  • Jenna Sharpe known as Middle Class Lady (uncredited)
  • Darren Shaw known as Dock Worker (uncredited)
  • Lamin Tamba known as Alaudah Eqiano (uncredited)
  • Fabio Vollono known as Rat Catcher (uncredited)



Supporting Department

Makeup Department:

  • Fai Archer known as make-up and hair trainee
  • Beverley Binda known as key makeup artist
  • Catriona Johnstone known as crowd hair & make up artist: daily
  • Alex King known as hair stylist
  • Alex King known as makeup artist
  • Marese Langan known as hair designer
  • Marese Langan known as makeup designer
  • Donna McCormick-Smith known as make-up and hair trainee
  • Liz Phillips known as make-up & hair artist
  • Chris Redman known as key hair stylist
  • Farzana Saiyed known as make-up & hair artist

Art Department:

  • Neil Alexander known as props
  • Thomas Alexander known as daily prop hand
  • Lynne Benelick known as standby props
  • Marc Beros known as hod scenic painter
  • Ryan Bradbury known as props
  • Katie Driscoll known as graphic designer
  • Tom Gardner known as trainee dressing props
  • Gordon Grant known as assistant set decorator
  • John Greaves known as storyboard artist
  • Rohan Harris known as scenic artist
  • Luke Hull known as assistant art director
  • Emma Claire Johnson known as art department assistant
  • Lizzie Kilham known as standby art director
  • Anne-Marie Minty known as assistant set decorator: pick ups
  • Jannecke Nilsen known as set decoration assistant
  • Olivia Portman known as assistant buyer
  • Toby Russell known as props hand
  • Remo Tozzi known as draughtsman




Production Companies:

  • DJ Films
  • Isle of Man Film
  • BFI
  • Head Gear Films (Funding)
  • Metrol Technology
  • Pinewood Studios (as Pinewood Pictures)

Other Companies:

  • 4K London  digital imaging services
  • ARRI Lighting Rental  lighting supplied by
  • Above the Line Set Assistance & Security  security
  • Air-Edel Associates  music services
  • Cutting Edge Group  music services by
  • Hyperactive Broadcast  Avid Storage Solutions + Avid Technical Support
  • Intelligent Media  international monitoring agency
  • Molinare Studio  grade
  • Pinewood Studios  digital production services
  • Pivotal Post  Avid HD Editing Equipment Provided By
  • Sapex Scripts  post-production script services
  • Sky Media Travel  travel agent
  • Star Gate Films  funding
  • Varèse Sarabande  soundtrack


  • 20th Century Fox (2014) (France) (theatrical)
  • A-Film Benelux MSD (2014) (Netherlands) (theatrical)
  • Fox Searchlight Pictures (2013) (UK) (theatrical)
  • Fox Searchlight Pictures (2014) (USA) (theatrical)
  • Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment (2014) (USA) (DVD)



Other Stuff

Special Effects:

  • BlueBolt

Visual Effects by:

  • Lucy Ainsworth-Taylor known as visual effects executive producer
  • Angela Barson known as visual effects supervisor
  • Jason Evans known as digital compositor: Bluebolt
  • Fabrizio Fioretti known as 3d generalist: Bluebolt
  • Luka Leskovsek known as vfx compositor: BlueBolt
  • Luka Leskovsek known as visual effects on-set coordinator: BlueBolt
  • Clare Norman known as visual effects producer: Bluebolt
  • Mark Webb known as visual effects coordinator: bluebolt

MPAA: Rated PG for thematic elements, some language and brief smoking images



Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database

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