Peterhead film-making brothers enjoy fresh success

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BUCHAN filmmakers the Noble brothers are set for further success after their latest production was chosen for an international film festival.

John-William Noble (24) and brother Graeme (22) have been invited to showcase their feature length action film ‘Boycie’ at this month’s Action on Film festival in California.

The Pasadena-based festival recognises action films made to a high standard, with ‘Boycie’ being chosen from thousands of entries from around the world.

Inspired by Graeme’s lifelong enthusiasm for Asian action films, ‘Boycie’ boasts eight action sequences which John-William hopes will impress festival judges.

The former Fraserburgh Academy pupil says that films entered into the festival in previous years have gone on to become worldwide hits and contain action sequences better than anything seen in Hollywood films.

He said: “It’s really exciting to have Boycie chosen for the film festival. It has been hard work putting the film together but also a lot of fun.”

Based in Aberdeen, the brothers set up film company Noble Brothers Productions in 2009, with their first feature length film ‘The Hope Within’ qualifying for the International Christian film festival.

Dedicated Christians John-William and Graeme wanted to make films that would promote Christianity in a positive and realistic way. The brothers have since made a number of feature length films and shorts that explore the challenges facing young Christians in the twenty-first century, including a comedy called ‘Legion of Evil’.

Although ‘Boycie’ is something a little bit different, says John-William.

He said: “Graeme has been studying martial arts films for well over ten years. So he pretty much taught the actors screen fighting. The film is really all about the action. It showcases the action sequences. You could describe it as a brutal Christian film.”

While they have had no formal training, the brothers developed an enthusiasm for film making at a young age.

“My brother and I used to make little short films at home,” says John-William “and our interest grew from there.”

Two years into their film-making venture, the brothers work with a 70-strong team of actors and technicians including rising Peterhead star Stephanie Bruce.

“We are never short of people wanting to work with us,” says John-William “and while Christianity is really important to us, we like to work with anyone who has talent.”

Despite teaching full-time at his old academy in Fraserburgh, John-William always finds the time to work on his films.

On graduating from Aberdeen University with a degree in theology in 2009, brother Graeme is currently taking a course at Aberdeen College to enhance his film-making skills.

Entirely self-funded, the brothers hope that success at this month’s film festival could generate interest and attract funding and sponsorship.

Check out the brothers’ website at www.noblebrothersproductions.org