She has rescued some 1 million street children in both Vietnam and Mongolia
By Dan Wooding, Founder of ASSIST News Service
NASHVILLE, IN (ANS – April 25, 2016) – It is extremely rare that a person comes along that is so inspiring and brave, that you have to marvel at their faith and courage, but I’ve just discovered one that fits that description — Irishwoman, Christina Noble.
In my many years as a journalist, I’ve had the opportunity of interviewing great people like Mother Teresa of Calcutta and, more recently, Louis Zamperini, the “Unbroken” Olympian and war hero, but now I would like to add to that list, Christina Noble.
Time Magazine has called her “One of the Fifty Most Inspiring People of Our Time,” and I have just “met” her via a DVD biopic called Noble, which tells the extraordinary story her fearless life and reckless love, and has just been released on DVD by Word Films.
Norma and I recently sat down to watch this often harrowing true story of Christina Noble, who lost everything, but channeled her fury into saving at least one million street children in Vietnam and Mongolia.
It was a truly riveting experience, with an unusual style of filmmaking that included flashbacks to her childhood and earlier years, and then back to Vietnam and her amazing work there.
We watched as we saw her story unfold from a child growing up with big dreams in the slums of Dublin, Ireland, to the devastating blow she receives when her mother dies and her family is separated and they becomes homeless.
It is the unthinkable adversity that Christina Noble encounters that fuels her daring vision to escape the slums of Ireland and risk everything on the often violent streets of Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon,) Vietnam.
Noble, rated PG-13, stars Deirdre O’Kane (Moone Boy, Paths to Freedom), Brendan Coyle (Downton Abbey, The Raven, Ailsa), Sarah Greene (The Guard, The Cripple of Inishmann) and Liam Cunningham (Game Of Thrones, Hunger, Safe House).
Winner of six U.S. film festival awards, including the “Panavision Spirit Award” at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, the powerful biopic drama, written and directed by Stephen Bradley, is heralded by critics as “raw and genuinely powerful,” “captivating” and “moving.”
The Hollywood Reporter calls it “a joyful and rousing affirmation of the human spirit that will resound widely.”
The film shows how Christina Noble channels her anger into holy righteousness for justice and begins having dreams and visions of post-war Vietnam, a country half a world away. After escaping an abusive marriage and raising her three children on her own, Christina journeys to Vietnam in 1989 at age 44. She personally encounters the horrifying poverty and the loss of innocence of thousands of street children.
Rather than retreat, Christina runs headfirst into danger to do whatever it would take to save their lives.
“It’s a story about the triumph of the human spirit over adversity,” said Deirdre O’Kane, who depicts Christina in the film.
Brendan Coyle, known for his role as John Bates in Downton Abbey, plays an Irish oil magnate who Noble tries to convince to finance a clinic.
“It’s phenomenal what she’s been able to achieve,” he said of Noble. “It’s just this great story that Stephen managed to condense into this brilliantly structured script. It is a great film to be involved with on so many levels.”
O’Kane, an Irish comedienne who played opposite of Coyle in an Irish TV comedy, first heard about Noble when she read her book, Bridge Across My Sorrows. “Then I met her, and the penny dropped: she’s feisty and she’s a fighter but she’s also funny. I’d been looking for a project, and I suddenly realized that there was only one person that I wanted to make a film about and that was Christina Noble.”
O’Kane worked closely with her husband Stephen Bradley on developing the script and flew to Vietnam with Christina for a week to spend time with her on the ground.
“It’s been quite a journey,” said O’Kane. When she arrived in Vietnam, she was 44 — the same age as Christina was when she first arrived. “There’s been a synchronicity to it all that’s been really special.”
The film was shot over five weeks in England and Ho Chi Minh City and features Vietnamese children who have been supported by Noble’s foundation.
Christina is the founder of The Christina Noble Foundation (https://www.cncf.org), which has built more than 100 projects across Vietnam and Mongolia and helped improve the lives of more than one million children since 1991.
The official website is www.theNOBLEmovie.com, where you can see the trailer.
For more information about the DVD, please contact: Ben Laurro, Pure Publicity, 818.753.4056 or Ben@purepublicity.com.
My thoughts: After viewing this extraordinary film, my recommendation is that you to rush out and get a copy of the DVD as it will literally change your life – for good; something Christina Noble has done, despite the odds, for so many deprived children. It’s a winner of a movie.
Photo captions: 1) Film Poster. 2) The real Christina Noble with some of her kids. 3) A scene from Noble featuring Deirdre O’Kane (Christina Noble) and (Gerry Shaw) played by Brendan Coyle, an Irish oil magnate who Noble tries to convince to finance a kid’s clinic in Vietnam. 4) A scene from film of Christina (played by Gloria Cramer Curtis) as a child. 5) Norma and Dan Wooding on a reporting assignment in Hollywood, California. (Photo: Bryan Seltzer).
About the writer: Dan Wooding, 75, is an award-winning winning author, broadcaster and journalist who was born in Nigeria of British missionary parents, and is now living in Southern California with his wife Norma, to whom he has been married for nearly 53 years. They have two sons, Andrew and Peter, and six grandchildren who all live in the UK. Dan is the founder and international director of ASSIST (Aid to Special Saints in Strategic Times) and the ASSIST News Service (ANS), and is the author of some 45 books. He also has a radio show and two TV shows, all based in Southern California.
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