Belle (12)

Saturday 14th October 2023

With introduction by Dr. Jenny Graham

Dir. Amma Asante, UK, 2012, 100 mins. Cast. Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Tom Wilkinson, Emily Watson.

Belle is inspired by the true story of Dido Elizabeth Belle, the illegitimate mixed-race daughter of a Royal Navy Admiral. Raised by her aristocratic great-uncle Lord Mansfield and his wife, Belle’s lineage affords her certain privileges, yet the colour of her skin prevents her from fully participating in the traditions of her social standing. Left to wonder if she will ever find love, Belle falls for an idealistic young vicar’s son bent on change who, with her help, shapes Lord Mansfield’s role as Lord Chief Justice to end slavery in England.

Belle is screening to coincide with the exhibition, Reframing Reynolds: A Celebration on Sir Joshua Reynolds currently at The Box, Plymouth. Dr Jenny Graham is co-curator of the exhibition and Associate Professor in Art History at University of Plymouth.

Screening as part of The Hidden Figures of Plymouth Film Day

‘Hidden Figures of Plymouth’ is a ground-breaking 2-year project sponsored by The National Lottery Heritage Fund.

The project's core aims are to share the untold stories of the contributions of People of the Global Majority to the city of Plymouth. The stories of people like Ann Wilkinson (co-founder of the Plymouth Respect Festival in 1998), Jimmy Peters (the first black rugby player to play for England in 1906), and Claude Miller (who in 2004 became the first black Lord Mayor of Plymouth), to name a few.

As well as highlighting the stories of past figures, the project will capture the stories of living figures and engage with younger people from the Global Majority communities to explore their vision for a future, knowing their past.

The project started in February 2023 and is the brainchild of WonderZoo, a Plymouth based arts collective (

To celebrate the launch of the project Hidden Figures of Plymouth have taken over the PAC programme for a day.

1.30pm: Opening Ceremony
2.30pm: Hidden Figures
5.30pm: Belle
8pm: Get Out

Individual tickets for each film: £5 Full price / £4 Concession

If you would like to book a £12 Day Pass giving you access to the 3 screenings of the day as well as the Opening Ceremony, CLICK HERE.

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 Saturday 14th Oct 2023  5:30pm Intro
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