Belle learned editing and copywriting with her then-husband, Gary Kanew, at The Kanew Company, an award-winning boutique trailer house in the film industry. They produced trailers for many A-list films such as Empire of the Sun, Dangerous Liaisons, Gorillas in the Mist, Goodfellas, Die Hard, Lethal Weapon, Batman and Rain Man.

Later, Belle moved to Los Angeles and made her directorial debut with the feature film Innocent Obsession, a psychological thriller starring Tcheky Karyo. She learned a great deal working with Academy Award Winner Gerry Humphreys and many others at Twickenham Studios in England, where she finished Innocent Obsession. She then wrote and directed Malevolence, which was distributed by Paramount Home Video. Malevolence is a period piece loosely based on the life of James Earl Ray and the governmentís involvement in the assassination of Martin Luther King.

After years of being a ghost writer and script doctor, Belle was hired to adapt two important novels, In Search of Sugihara and Manís Fate. In Search of Sugihara is an adaptation of Professor Hillel Levinís novel about an elusive Japanese diplomat who risked his life to rescue 10,000 Jews during the Holocaust. The short won the Academy Award. Manís Fate is an adaptation of the famous Andre Malraux novel about human suffering during the Chinese Revolution.

In 2004, she wrote and produced The Keeper, starring Vanessa Redgrave. The acclaimed film is about the life of the 11th-Century poet and mathematician Omar Khayyam. Belle Executive Produced Sidney Lumet’s last film, Before the Devil Knows Youíre Dead. The film garnered critical acclaim and won many awards, including the coveted AFI award for best film, starred, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Ethan Hawke, Albert Finney and Marisa Tomei. She also Executive Produced My Sexiest Year, directed by Howard Himelstein, and Produced Grizzly Park, a camp horror film set in the Tennessee and Virginia woods, written and directed by Tom Skull.

For more than twenty years, Belle has consulted for many companies in the entertainment industry, includingIMAX, Vencom Systems in London, Maurebeni of Japan, Goldman Sachs, Merrill Lynch, Capitol Group and a number of private banks. Collectively, Belle has consulted on films with a spend of over 1.2 billion.




Apelles Entertainment was formed to develop books taking them from page to screen. MEG and The Loch both mega-hit novels written by New York Times Bestselling author Steve Alten were optioned and developed. In 2012 Apelles optioned 18 Seconds, an International thriller by New York Times Bestselling author George D. Shuman. It is being developed for international star Fan Bing Bing. Pre-Production is set to begin soon on MEG and The Loch in 2014. with release dates in 2014 and 2015.


Belle Avery is a registed member of The Writer’s and Producers Guild of America.
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