Noble (film)

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

Plot[edit]

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.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

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

Release[edit]

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]

Reception[edit]

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]

Awards[edit]

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]

References[edit]

  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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