Coming Next

Saturday 17 January at 7:30 pm in the Templar Arts & Leisure Centre
Annual General Meeting
(doors open 7:00pm for complimentary refreshments )
To be followed at 8:00 by:

Belle  (2014)

Cert: 12; 104mins

Synopsis

“Belle” is inspired by the true story of Dido Elizabeth Belle (Gugu Mbatha-Raw), the illegitimate mixed race daughter of Admiral Sir John Lindsay (Matthew Goode).  The amazing thing about Dido Elizabeth Belle is not that she was mixed-race. Who knows how many white men’s children were born to black slave women in the 18th century? It’s not even that her father was a wealthy English aristocrat – there were plenty of titled captains tearing around the Caribbean at that time, capturing French and Dutch schooners during the Seven Years’ War and making off with their sugar, coffee and other (often human) cargo. The extraordinary thing about Dido Belle is that her father, a 24-year-old Navy officer called John Lindsay, took her home to England and asked his extended family to raise her. And they did. They did it in some style, too.
The film’s cast also includes Emily Watson, Penelope Wilton, Tom Wilkinson, and Miranda Richardson.

Review

…from the Telegraph

star_4
“Gugu Mbatha-Raw’s portrayal of historic figure Dido Elizabeth Belle could make a star.”
“A vital film.
…read the full review.

…from The Guardian

star_4
“A ripe costume drama with teeth.”
…read the full review.


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