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Period drama with feminist overtones
Published 16/06/14



IN an unusual take on the British costume drama, Belle is the story of Dido, the illegitimate child of a British naval officer who is adopted into her father’s family after her mother dies.

So far, so Dickens. The difference is that she is mixed race. She is clever, well-educated, and well-mannered, brought up like her white adoptive sister to act in a ladylike manner, despite the fact that no one is quite sure where she fits into the social milieu of the day.

Dido is played by British-born Gugu Mbatha-Raw who, up until now, you are most likely to have seen playing bit parts in TV series such as Bad Girls or Marple. In fact, the Oxford-born actress (she’s actually from Witney) is reportedly the star turn in this film.

Although you would expect this to be a film about the treatment of minorities — in a period when the only black girls seen in a white household were servants — it actually turns out to be more of a film about the social constraints laid on women in Georgian society. Being forced into marriage with a “suitable” young man is one theme, and the way that women were cosseted from real life like china dolls is another.

However there is also the theme of slavery, with good old Tom Wilkinson stepping in as a judge making a decision on the ethics of the trade.


With beautiful costumes and plenty of wig changes, there is enough in this interesting film — besides a great story and tight script — to keep any bodice-ripper fan happy. For those cinema-goers who like their films a bit more alternative, however, there is plenty on offer at the Regal this week.

On Wednesday at 7pm there will be a screeening of Henry IV Part 2, broadcast live from the Royal Shakespeare Company. There are also two showings in the National Theatre Encore strand this week — The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time on Monday at 2.45pm and A Small Family Business on Thursday at 1pm.

And for the opera lovers among us, Terry Gilliam’s much-vaunted film on Benvenuto Cellini live from English National Opera is on Tuesday.

Film: Belle

Certificate: (12A)

Director: Amma Asante

Starring: Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Sam Reid, Tom Wilkinson

PUBLISHED 16/06/14



 
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