A drawing of a young boy with an oversized head, a character from BLA BLA, an interactive website produced by Vincent Morisset in 2011.

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National Film Board of Canada on location in UK with Toronto artist Phil Richards, creator of Diamond Jubilee portrait of Queen Elizabeth II

Press release


Montreal, June 6, 2012 – As the world's attention turns to London, England, for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee, a film crew from the National Film Board of Canada (NFB) will be in the city during this historic event to shoot final sequences for The Portrait, which chronicles the creation of Canada's official Diamond Jubilee portrait of Her Majesty.

Academy Award-nominated director Hubert Davis ( Hardwood) and NFB producer Lea Marin ( Examined Life) will accompany Toronto portrait artist Phil Richards, whom they filmed over a period of almost two years as he worked to complete his once-in-a-lifetime commission to capture Her Majesty's likeness and spirit on canvas.

With Her Majesty set to unveil the portrait at an official ceremony at Buckingham Palace on June 6, the NFB film crew will be in London to record Richards' thoughts and impressions, as this final chapter in a remarkable personal journey and intense creative process comes to an end. Filming began in July 2010 at a photo session with Her Majesty at Rideau Hall in Ottawa. Over the course of the past two years, director Hubert Davis―with the support of Mr. Kevin S. MacLeod, Canadian Secretary to the Queen―has documented Mr. Richards through months of painstaking study, preparation and execution.

The Diamond Jubilee marks a milestone in Canadian history. As the country's public film producer and distributor, the National Film Board of Canada has been present throughout Her Majesty's reign to document and share the special bond that exists between Canadians and their Queen through films such as Royal Journey (1953), Canada at the Coronation (1953), Royal River (1959), The Queen in Canada, 1964, and The Queen, the Chef, and the President (1974).

Additional key creative crew members include Gemini Award-winning sound recordist Sanjay Mehta ( Toronto Rock & Roll Stories) and DOP Jonathan Cliff ( Trigger). The Portrait will be available to consumers and Canadian schools in the late fall on The Queen's Diamond Jubilee Collector's Edition, which is an NFB distribution initiative in partnership with the Department of Canadian Heritage and Canada Post.

About the National Film Board of Canada

The National Film Board of Canada creates groundbreaking interactive works, social-issue documentaries and auteur animation. The NFB's award-winning content can be seen at NFB.ca and on apps for smartphones, tablets and connected TV. Canada's public producer and distributor since 1939, the NFB has created over 13,000 productions and won over 5,000 awards, including 6 Webbys, 12 Oscars and more than 90 Genies.



Pat Dillon, NFB Publicist           
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Lily Robert, Director, Corporate Communications, NFB
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Cell: 514-296-8261
E-mail: l.robert@nfb.ca