Noble (film)

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Noble Poster.jpg
Promotional poster
Directed byStephen Bradley
Produced by
  • Melanie Gore-Grimes
  • Stephen Bradley
Music by
CinematographyTrevor Forrest
Destiny Films
Release date
  • 31 January 2014 (2014-01-31) (SBIFF)[1]
Running time
100 minutes
  • Ireland
  • Vietnam
  • United Kingdom
  • English
  • Vietnamese

Noble is a 2014 film written and directed by Stephen Bradley about the true life story of Christina Noble, a children's rights campaigner, charity worker and writer, who founded the Christina Noble Children's Foundation in 1989. It stars Deirdre O'Kane, Sarah Greene, Brendan Coyle, Mark Huberman and Ruth Negga.


The film is set in Vietnam in 1989, fourteen years after the end of the war. Christina Noble flies into Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon), a country "that she wouldn't be able to show you on a map". With a few dollars, her own hard-won courage, she is about embark on a life calling. The film explores her tough upbringing in Dublin and her early adult life in the UK. It is the inspirational true story of a woman who believes that it only takes one person to make a difference.



Production began in Vietnam in January 2013 and finished in the United Kingdom.[2] Post-production took place in London.[3]


Noble premiered at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival on 31 January 2014,[1] and it opened theatrically in Ireland on 19 September 2014.[4]


On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 81% based on 32 reviews, and an average rating of 6.5/10. The website's critical consensus reads, "Noble is undeniably and impassioned, even if it sometimes goes overboard in trying to prove its real-life protagonist lives up to its title."[5] On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 63 out of 100, based on 8 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[6] Donald Clarke of The Irish Times rated it 3/5 stars and wrote, "Fuelled by excellent performances, Noble has an uncomplicated integrity to it that will warm even the most resistant heart."[7] Justin Lowe of The Hollywood Reporter called it "a joyful and rousing affirmation of the human spirit".[8]


Year Organization Award Result Ref
2014 Boston Irish Film Festival Best Feature Won [4]
2014 Dallas International Film Festival Audience Award Won [9]
2014 Newport Film Festival Best Foreign Film Won [10]
2014 San Diego Film Festival Best International Film Won [11]
2014 Santa Barbara International Film Festival Panavision Spirit Award for Independent Cinema Won [12]


  1. ^ a b "World Premiere of Feature Film 'Noble'". Irish Film and Television Network. 14 January 2014. Retrieved 7 October 2014.
  2. ^ McNary, Dave (8 January 2014). "O'Kane to topline British biopic 'Noble'". Variety. Retrieved 7 October 2014.
  3. ^ Sandwell, Ian (9 January 2014). "Noble to begin shooting on Jan 10". Screen Daily. Retrieved 7 October 2014.
  4. ^ a b "Noble goes on general release in Irish cinemas from today". Irish Film Board. 19 September 2014. Retrieved 7 October 2014.
  5. ^ "Noble (2015)". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango Media. Retrieved 16 March 2018.
  6. ^ "Noble Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 16 March 2018.
  7. ^ Clarke, Donald (19 September 2014). "Noble review: a true story – both terrible and inspiring". The Irish Times. Retrieved 7 October 2014.
  8. ^ Lowe, Justin (8 February 2014). "Noble: SBIFF Review". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 7 October 2014.
  9. ^ Yamato, Jen (16 April 2014). "Faith-Based 'Noble' Hoping To Catch Wave Of Recent Christian-Themed Hits: Trailer". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 7 October 2014.
  10. ^ Chang, Richard (2 May 2014). "Newport Film Festival ends in black with record attendance". Orange County Register. Retrieved 7 October 2014.
  11. ^ Desk, Movies News. "San Diego Film Festival Sets 2014 Winners". Retrieved 23 April 2018.
  12. ^ Gray, Tim (9 February 2014). "'Noble' Prize Tops Santa Barbara Fest Kudos". Variety. Retrieved 7 October 2014.

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