Sunday 28 December 2014

Irish film 'Noble' picks up prestigious award at American film festival

Published 09/02/2014 | 20:55

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Deirdre O'Kane. Photo: Mark Condren

IRISH film ‘Noble’, which is based on the life story of a charity campaigner, has picked up a prestigious international award.

The film, directed by Stephen Bradley, won the top jury prize at the 29th Annual Santa Barbara Film Festival.

The film follows the work of charity campaigner Christina Noble and stars comedian Deirdre O'Kane, Ruth Negga, Sarah Greene, Mark Huberman, Pauline McLynn and Liam Cunningham.

The work premiered at the festival on January 31 and was awarded The Panavision Spirit Award for Independent Cinema yesterday.

O'Kane, who plays Christina Noble, was ecstatic when she heard the news. "I'm absolutely thrilled," she said.

"What a great start to our Noble movie journey. And it's only February. I'm particularly happy for Christina as she deserves every accolade she gets."

The Santa Barbara Film Festival was attended by a bevy of well known Hollywood stars including Leonardo DiCaprio, Martin Scorsese, Robert Redford, Oprah Winfrey and Cate Blanchett.

Bradley said sharing his work and Christina's story with american audiences had been an incredibly awarding experience.

"To see Noble resonate so strongly and rapidly with audiences at SBIFF has been incredibly rewarding," says Bradley.

"I now look forward to sharing Christina Noble's extraordinary story with as many people as possible."

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

"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," O'Kane said.

"She is the most incredible human being I have ever met. I want the film to serve her properly."

Irish Independent

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