Sunday 25 September 2016

We had to edit Noble film for America's Bible Belt, says Deirdre O'Kane

Elaine McCahill

Published 28/08/2015 | 09:05

CRUSADER: Christina Noble (centre) with actresses Deirdre O’Kane and Sarah Greene, who play her in the film, at The Irish Gala Screening of ‘Noble’ at the Savoy Cinema on O’Connell Street, Dublin. Photo: Brian McEvoy
CRUSADER: Christina Noble (centre) with actresses Deirdre O’Kane and Sarah Greene, who play her in the film, at The Irish Gala Screening of ‘Noble’ at the Savoy Cinema on O’Connell Street, Dublin. Photo: Brian McEvoy

Deirdre O’Kane has revealed her movie Noble was edited for audiences in America’s ‘Bible Belt’.

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The film charts the life of activist Christina Noble from her overcoming a harsh childhood to starting a charity to help street children in Vietnam and Mongolia.

Deirdre wrote the screenplay with her husband Stephen Bradley and he directed the film.

“They don’t like bad language and they warned the viewers, ‘Be wary of this’,” she told the Herald. 

“We took most of the [swear] words out for America – I think there may only have been one left, but they still would have problems.”

Deirdre added that “big warnings” were also issued due to the rape scene in the film, which she said was “incredibly tastefully done because Stephen was hugely respectful of Christina herself”.

“I’m not an authority on the Bible Belt, but it’s a very serious thing – a very real thing,” she continued.

“Most of us are only familiar with New York and LA.

“When you release a film though, you’re taken aback by it and I think Stephen certainly was – especially with the questions he had to answer,” she added.

However, the film has done well across the pond and will go out on Netflix and Amazon Prime soon, which Deirdre said is “a big achievement for an independent film”. The movie has just been released in Australia and was a success in New Zealand.

“The movie did better in New Zealand than it did here in Ireland – the foundation is very well known on that side of the world,” she said.

Deirdre was speaking at the launch of the Vodafone Comedy Carnival, which will take place in Galway from October 20 to 26.

The funnywoman said she’ll be doing her show on her “lunch break” from her upcoming play Are you there Garth? It’s me, Margaret, which is set to run on the stage at the Gaiety Theatre in October.

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