Hello Everyone:
The movie BELLE is based on a true story of “Dido” Elizabeth Belle played by actress Gugu Mbatha-Raw and her great-uncle William Murray, 1st Earl of Mansfield, 
then Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales play by actor Tom Wilkinson.
As stated in the video “The Power of Belle” below; Belle had a ripple effect that change the course of history.
Gugu Mbatha-Raw as “Dido” Elizabeth Belle

Tom Wilkinson as ​William Murray,

1st Earl of Mansfield, then  Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales

Matthew Goode as Captain Sir John Lindsay 

taking young Belle from the West Indies to London, England
Dido Elizabeth Belle  (1761–1804), was the daughter of Admiral Sir John Lindsay and an enslaved African woman known as Maria Belle. Dido would  live as an aristocrat at the Kenwood House of William Murray, 1st Earl of Mansfield, who was Lindsay’s uncle and thus Dido’s great-uncle

​The Bombardment of Marro Castle on Havana

(Captain Sir John Lindsay being rowed out from the Trent 
to take command of the Cambridge)
painted by Richard Paton


The Story Behind the Story

Camille Mitchell
Each one of us has the power to bring about positive change in small yet significant ways that effect one’s immediate family (like Captain Sir John Lindsay making sure that his daughter Belle is taken away from becoming enslaved and moving Belle into a life that very few people anywhere would ever experience 
William Murray, 1st Earl of Mansfield, Belle’s great-uncle enhanced and broaden his nephew’s (Captain Sir John Lindsay)  positive change by raising Belle as well as could be expected at the time as a loved niece within his family in an aristocrat English society.
“Dido” Elizabeth Belle due in part to her unique circumstances, her sense of purpose and growing courage becomes an influential rationale voice for her great-uncle. William Murray in turn comes to the conclusion and makes a courageous decision now as England and Wales’s Chief Justice to act positively with a ruling that changed the history of England for the betterment of humankind.
Belle was released on Friday, May 16th to major U.S. cities and Canada.  The movie will debut in England in June.