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Belle + panel discussion (12A)

4 October

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  • A Autism friendly
  • C Captioned
  • D Dementia friendly


Dido Elizabeth Belle (Gugu Mbatha-Raw), the illegitimate mixed-race daughter of a navy admiral, was raised by her aristocratic great-uncle and his wife in 18th century England. Dido’s lineage affords her certain privileges, yet the colour of her skin prevents her from fully participating in the traditions of her social standing. As Dido’s race-consciousness grows, she plays an important role in the campaign to abolish slavery in England.

Belle is a rare example of a British costume drama with a Black female lead, directed by BAFTA award-winning writer and director Amma Asante, who delivers a pointed education on slavery in this true story of Britain's first Black aristocrat.

The screening will be followed by a panel discussion with Shantel George (Lecturer in Transatlantic Slavery at the University of Glasgow) and Graham Campbell (Chair of Africa In Motion Film Festival). Reflecting on what Belle represents to us today, the panel will discuss Black experience of class and the significance of Black expression and representation. Further guests to be announced.

All tickets £6.50.

This film screening will be Captioned, and the introduction and post-film panel discussion will be BSL interpreted and Live Captioned, making the event accessible to our D/deaf and Hard of Hearing audiences.

About the panelists

Shantel George is Lecturer in Transatlantic Slavery at the University of Glasgow. Shantel has been awarded fellowships at the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance and Abolition, and the John Carter Brown Library for her second project on the global history of the African kola nut.

Tawona Sithole is a poet, playwright, musician and academic with a keen interest in creativity as a means of connecting people.

Graham Campbell is Chair of Africa in Motion Film Festival’s Board of Trustees and has been an elected member of Glasgow City Council since May 2017. He is also a cultural performer and producer in dub poetry, reggae calypso and ska music.

Daniella Faakor Damptey is a Ghanaian-Scottish artist. At 19 years old, she is in her final year of training at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (RCS) and will be graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Musical Theatre.

This programme is supported by Film Hub Scotland, part of the BFI’s Film Audience Network, and funded by Screen Scotland and National Lottery funding from the BFI.

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  • Director Amma Asante
  • Cast Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Tom Wilkinson, Sarah Gordon
  • Country UK
  • Year of Production 2013
  • Running Time 1h44m
  • Certificate 12A: brief sexual assault, discrimination theme
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