Full length Interview with Screenwriter of Belle; Their Eyes Was Watching God – Misan Sagay
Misan Sagay’s screenwriting credits include Secret Laughter of Women, a full-length screenplay written and produced by O.O. Sagay (Elba Films) with Handmade Films, which premiered at the London Film Festival in 1999, and Their Eyes Were Watching God, an adaptation for Harpo Films/HBO for ABC starring Halle Berry. She also has a number of films in development including Fela (Focus Features) and In the Shadow of a Saint.
"Belle – Bringing Slavery Into the Heart of Jane Austen" – Misan Sagay – Screenwriter
Belle – Gugu Mbatha-Raw
Their Eyes Were Watching God – Halle Berry
The Secret Laughter of Woman – Nia Long
Belle – Written by Misan Sagay,
BELLE is inspired by the true story of Dido Elizabeth Belle (Gugu Mbatha-Raw), the illegitimate mixed race daughter of Admiral Sir John Lindsay (Matthew Goode). Raised by her aristocratic great-uncle Lord Mansfield (Tom Wilkinson) and his wife (Emily Watson), Belle's lineage affords her certain privileges, yet her status prevents her from the traditions of noble social standing. While her cousin Elizabeth (Sarah Gadon) chases suitors for marriage, Belle is left on the sidelines wondering if she will ever find love. After meeting an idealistic young vicar's son bent on changing society, he and Belle help shape Lord Mansfield's role as Lord Chief Justice to end slavery in England.
*(Rotten Tomatoes – rottentomatoes.com/m/belle_2014/ )
Notes: *Misan Sagay received sole writing credit on the film Belle, following arbitration by the Writers Guild of America, (WGA).
*Additional article ( Select link ) (WGA) – Writers Guild of America Article – Written By – Magazine
Film: Their Eyes Were Watching God –
A drama set in the 1920s, where free-spirited Janie Crawford's search for happiness leads her through several different marriages, challenging the morals of her small town. Based on the novel by Zora Neale Hurston.
Film: The Secret Laughter of Woman –
A beautiful young single mother feels the pressure from the ex-pat Nigerian community to get married. Her precocious son has met his hero, a cynical English comic book writer and decides he is a match for his mum. The fall for each other but their love is tested by resistance from the community.
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