Oh my gosh! Oh my gosh!! You guys!!! AHHHH!!!! The official trailer for Amma Asante’s movie about Dido Elizabeth Belle was released earlier this week!
The U.S. release date is May 2, 2014! Who’s coming with me?
Amma Asante’s (hooray lady directors!!) feature film “Belle,” about History Bitch Dido Elizabeth Belle recently premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. Here are some reviews:
TIFF 2013 Review: 'Belle' Starring Gugu Mbatha-Raw
Belle: Toronto 2013 - first look review
The U.S. release date is May 2, 2014!
Seeing her picture for the first time, I assumed she was a servant. Lucky for us, her status at Kenwood House, London was vastly more remarkable. Her name was Dido Elizabeth Belle, the charge and great-niece of William Murray, 1st Earl of Mansfield.
The year of Dido’s birth is alternately cited as 1761 and 1763. The daughter of rear admiral Sir John Lindsay and a possibly enslaved African woman, she was taken by her father to Kenwood. Kenwood was home to William Murray, 1st Earl of Mansfield and his wife Lady Elizabeth Finch. As Lord Chief Justice of the King’s Bench, Lord Mansfield presided over numerous cases regarding enslaved Africans. The Murrays had no children and besides fostering Dido, a second great-niece, Lady Elizabeth Murray resided there, too.
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