Thursday 21 September 2017

Deirdre O'Kane off to the US for glitzy premiere of Noble

Deirdre O'Kane
Deirdre O'Kane
Kirsty Blake Knox

Kirsty Blake Knox

CHARITY campaigner Christina Noble's biopic will make its world premiere in California later this month.

Actress and comedienne Deirdre O'Kane will showcase her film Noble at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival.

And it's going to be a pretty glitzy festival with Robert Redford, Cate Blanchett, Oprah Winfrey and Martin Scorsese all attending.

No doubt Deirdre and her husband David Bradley -- who wrote and directed the film -- will be dusting off their gladrags for the screening.

The movie was shot in early 2013 in Ireland and Vietnam and traces Christina's life.

And what a life; born in the slums of Dublin in 1944, Noble's mother married a bare-knuckled brawler, who poured their money down his throat.

After her mother died, Christina and her three siblings were sent off to three different orphanages.

Over the course of her life, she has suffered domestic abuse, had a nervous breakdown, received electroshock therapy and founded the Christina Noble Foundation which has helped over 700,000 children.

Ruth Negga, Pauline McLynn, Liam Cunningham and Amy Huberman's brother Mark all appear in the movie.

Aidan Turner's other half Sarah Greene will play the part of a young Christina Noble, while Deirdre O'Kane will play the charity campaigner in later life.

"She's like Ireland's smoking, swearing and singing answer to Mother Teresa and playing her is the biggest thing I've done in my career -- by a mile," Deirdre said. "She is the most incredible human being I have ever met. I want the film to serve her properly."

Deirdre described filming in Ho Chi Minh City as challenging.

"It was incredibly hard work. We were in the ghettos, in very poor places. I was sweating the whole time. I looked amazing though. I dropped around seven pounds," she laughed.

Husband David will next direct his own screenplay The Unknown Soldier, starring Cillian Murphy.

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