I’ve been called many names like perfectionist, difficult and obsessive. I think it takes obsession, takes searching for the details for any artist to be good”.   ~Barbra Streisand
Ms. Alex Hudgens, actress and host, interviews director Amma Asante in the short video below in the on the lush ambiance of Belle’s home. 

Amma Asante Artfully holds her BAFTA  

golden trophy theatrical mask 
British Academy Film & Television Awards mask was designed  in
1955 by Ms. Mitzi Solomon Cunliffe an American sculptor. 
Ghanaian-British director/writer, Amma Asante made an unusual entry into film making. As a child, Asante attended the Barbara Speake stage school in London, where she trained as a student in dance and drama.She began a television career as a child actress, appearing as a regular in the popular British school drama “Grange Hill.”  She fronted the ‘Just Say No’ campaign of the 1980s and was one of nine “Grange Hill” children to take it to the Reagan White House. 
In her late teens, Asante left the world of acting and eventually made the move to screenwriting with a development deal from Chrysalis. Two series of the urban drama “Brothers and Sisters” followed, which Asante wrote and produced for her production company and BBC2. 

Asante’s 2004 feature film, A WAY OF LIFE, was her directorial debut and premiered at the Toronto Film Festival. The film won Asante 17 international awards for her writing and directing including The BFI London Film Festival’s inaugural Alfred Dunhill UK Film Talent Award, created to recognize the achievements of a new or emerging British writer/director who has shown great skill and imagination in bringing originality and verve to filmmaking.  Additionally Asante collected The Times ‘Breakthrough Artist of the Year’ at the prestigious South Bank Show Awards for writing and directing the film. 

At the BAFTA Film Awards in February 2005, Asante received the BAFTA Carl Foreman Award for Special Achievement by a Writer/Director in a Debut Film. On the same night, she scored a double triumph at the 2005 Miami International Film Festival, winning the award for ‘Best Dramatic Feature in World Cinema’ and the FIPRESCI (International Federation of Film Critics) prize for ‘Best Feature Film.’

Director Amma Asante directing Belle’s cast

Amma Asante attended the London premiere of 
‘Belle’ held a BFI South Bank London, England
June 5, 2014
Designer Jacques Azagury designed 
Amma’s gorgeous gown
Summer orange and silver shimmering brocade 
sleeveless frock with a rise-and-fall hemline is defined by a
bell-shaped skirt which impressively maintains its structure 
Amma wanted to paid homage to the beautiful shapes and
fabrics in the 18th Century with a modern interpretation
Have a Fantastic Sunday!
Camille Mitchell

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