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Belle

Hailee Steinfeld and Douglas Booth in Romeo and Juliet.
Hailee Steinfeld and Douglas Booth in Romeo and Juliet.

With an impressive critical approval rate from Rotten Tomatoes and the thumbs up from David and Margaret, Belle is a period drama with particular clout. It’s based on the true story of Dido Lindsay, the aristocratic and mixed race niece of a Lord Chief Justice wrangling with the biggest legal decision of the year – a definitive step towards determining whether human beings can be considered legal property. It deals as much with pride and prejudice (and sense and sensibility) as it does with the enormous legal and political tensions surrounding the Abolition movement. It’s out on DVD, and if you’d like a copy, hit us up at win@xpressmag.com.au.

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