Amma Assante's new film, "Belle", tells a story of Dido, the illegitimate child of a black slave and first Earl of Mansfield. There was no-one else like her in British high society - black and intelligent and kind-hearted and rich. Besides, Dido's position as a beloved member of her adopted family was simply unprecedented, with her adopted father being the most important legal authority of his time, William Murray (who, at that time, was deeply involved in the case of Zong ship - google it - cargo of slaves and insurance fraud, and the step towards abolition of slavery).
"Belle" has it all - it's a drama, a romance, an intriguing account of women's destiny and place in the Eighteenth Century Britain. The cast and acting are also impressive. If you love historical drama with a hint of romance - definitely check this out! In fact, I cannot stop raving about this 5-star film!
You can still see the painting, which inspired this beautiful and lavish Austen-esque society drama - in the Ambassador's Room of the Murray's family Scone Palace, near Perth, Scotland.