Tuesday 25 April 2017

Preview: Christina Noble's award-winning documentary 'In a House That Ceased To Be' to air on Monday

Christina Noble with children in Vietnam
Christina Noble with children in Vietnam
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In a House That Ceased To Be is a powerful film which follows Irish humanitarian and children’s rights activist Christina Noble, whose unwavering commitment and selfless efforts have seen her better the lives of countless children since 1989.

The documentary was the recipient of the Irish Film and Television Award's George Morrision Feature Documentary prize at this year's ceremony.

Christina Noble proudly displays her OBE at Buckingham Palace, Tuesday February 25, 2003. The Dubliner, also known as
Christina Noble proudly displays her OBE at Buckingham Palace, Tuesday February 25, 2003. The Dubliner, also known as "Mamma Tina", received her honour from the Prince of Wales in recognition for her work with the Christina Noble Children's Foundation. See PA Story ROYAL Investiture. PA Photo: Chris Young

The independently produced project was filmed over five years in Ireland, Vietnam, Mongolia, Dubai, the USA and the UK, following Christina Noble and her tireless campaigning.

Noble's drive stems from a childhood in Ireland fraught with poverty, loss and institutional abuse.

Despite achieving so much in the face of adversity, Christina remains scarred by the memory of the children she was unable to save, her own brother and two sisters, who she was separated from at a very young age.

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
Christina Noble and actress Deirdre O Kane who plays her in the movie at The Irish Gala Screening of NOBLE at the Savoy Cinema on O'Connell Street, Dublin Pictures:Brian McEvoy

This powerful piece of film-making gives an unflinching portrayal of pain and betrayal, demonstrating Christina’s struggle to forgive the country in which she and her siblings were born, raised and ultimately torn apart.

A mesmerising meditation on the nature of good and evil, it celebrates the triumph of the human spirit but also depicts the tragedy and sacrifice that are too often ignored.

Christina Noble with children in Vietnam
Christina Noble with children in Vietnam

Hundreds of thousands have benefited from her daring and dedication but is it possible for Christina to put her own family back together after fifty-three years?

Christina's life was also the subject of a film titled 'Noble', which starred Deirdre O'Kane, Sarah Greene, Brendan Coyle and Liam Cunningham.

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