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

Press Releases & Media Kits

Celebrating the Queen's Diamond Jubilee – Collector's Edition

Press release

2012/09/24


Montreal, September 24, 2012 – The National Film Board of Canada (NFB) and partners Canada Post and the Department of Canadian Heritage are launching Celebrating the Queen's Diamond Jubilee – Collector's Edition, a special two-DVD set from the NFB in celebration of the 60-year reign of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

The centrepiece of this collector's edition is The Portrait, documenting Toronto artist Phil Richards' creation of the Diamond Jubilee portrait of Her Majesty, commissioned by the Government of Canada. The Portrait is directed by Hubert Davis—nominated for an Academy Award for his 2004 NFB documentary, Hardwood—and is produced by NFB Ontario Centre producer Lea Marin.

The fall release of this collector's edition DVD will kick off with a day of free screenings on September 30 at the Canadian Museum of Civilization, as part of its Culture Days programming.

In collaboration with Canada Post and the Department of Canadian Heritage, Celebrating the Queen's Diamond Jubilee – Collector's Edition is being distributed to Canadian secondary schools, colleges, CEGEPs, universities and public libraries, as well as Canada's embassies worldwide. It is the first co-promotion between the NFB and Canada Post.

Starting October 16, Celebrating the Queen's Diamond Jubilee – Collector's Edition will be available online at NFB.ca and at canadapost.ca/nfb for $34.95, which includes a limited edition of the $2 Canada Post Jubilee stamp as a bonus gift. Canada Post will also be issuing a commemorative stamp in June 2013 featuring Canada's Diamond Jubilee portrait of Her Majesty. 

The Portrait is joined in Celebrating the Queen's Diamond Jubilee – Collector's Edition by two acclaimed NFB classics: Royal Journey, which documents the then Princess Elizabeth's first royal tour across Canada in 1951; and Canada at the Coronation, a film record of Her Majesty's 1953 coronation from a uniquely Canadian perspective.

Founded in 1939 as Canada's public film producer, the NFB has marked key moments in the life of our country for more than 70 years. Over the decades, NFB filmmakers have documented and celebrated the special bond between Canadians and their sovereign in 16 productions.

In Celebrating the Queen's Diamond Jubilee – Collector's Edition, the NFB, Canada Post and the Department of Canadian Heritage have come together to celebrate Canadian history and help share Canada's culture and legacy with younger generations. Educators who would like to have more information about how to use The Portrait in class can download a Teaching Guide at nfb.ca/education/guides. In addition to discussion questions and suggested classroom activities, the guide provides background on the important symbolism in the Queen's portrait and on the art and artists who have inspired Phil Richards. For information about other NFB educational films and resources, visit nfb.ca/education.

For more information about how to see Her Majesty's Diamond Jubilee portrait at Rideau Hall, the official residence of the Governor General in Ottawa, consult www.gg.ca/visitus.

About the NFB

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.

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Information:

Pat Dillon, NFB Publicist
Telephone: 514-283-9411
Cell: 514-206-1750
E-mail: p.a.dillon@nfb.ca
Twitter: @PatDoftheNFB

Lily Robert, Director, Corporate Communications, NFB
Telephone: 514-283-3838
Cell: 514-296-8261
E-mail: l.robert@nfb.ca