Stanley Jackson (born 1914, Winnipeg - d. 4 July 1981, Toronto) was a film director, commentary writer and narrator with the National Film Board of Canada (NFB).Jackson was a schoolteacher in Toronto and Winnipeg before joining the NFB during World War II. He was the commentary writer and narrator on almost 80 NFB documentaries, creating a characteristic narration style for NFB works of the period. He was described as "irreplaceable" in the field of documentary film commentary writing by Unit B colleague Colin Low. Ironically, Jackson is also credited with helping to break the NFB narration style he helped to create, on Low and producer Tom Daly's 1954 film, Corral:Gathered around the moviola, the crew watched the film; it was silent, save for the music. "Where's the commentary?" someone asked halfway through. They kept watching. When it was over, Jackson asked them frankly, "What would a commentary do for that?" Low and Daly couldn't help but agree. Corral became the first NFB film without a voiceover track.
Movies & TV shows
No Turning Back
The film follows the aftermath of the Oka crisis. The Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples traveled to more than 100 communities and heard from more than 1,000 people. The Commission was followed by...
A Pinto for the Prince
In 1977, Prince Charles was inducted as honorary chief of the Blood Indians on their reserve in southwestern Alberta. The ceremony, conducted in the great Circle of the Sun Dance, commemorated the cen...
People of the Seal, Part 2: Eskimo Winter
The second of two coproductions by the British Broadcasting Corporation and the National Film Board of Canada, People of the Seal, Part 2: Eskimo Winter is compiled from some of the most vivid footage...
Paddle to the Sea
A boy's carved boat travels through the Canadian wilderness until it reaches the ocean.
A view from a helicopter of the ten Canadian provinces in 1966. The result is a big, beautiful and engrossing bird's-eye portrait of the country. Nothing here is quite the same as seen before, even Ni...
For the Ones to Come
The young men of the Ile-aux-Coudres in the middle of the St-Lawrence River tried as a memorial to their ancestors to revive the fishing of the belugas that were stopped in 1924.
Cornet at Night
Based on a short story by Sinclair Ross, this short film recalls rural life on the Prairies in the 1930s. In the film a farmer's young son, sent to town to hire a man for the harvest, readily accepts ...
The Cars in Your Life
A light, humorous look at the motor car and the great North American itch for a place on the road. From the comparative peace of Honest Joe's used-car lot, this film hustles you onto our public speedw...
This 1959 documentary short is a frank portrait of the daily operations inside the Montreal General Hospital’s emergency ward.
Glenn Gould: Off the Record
Canadian concert pianist Glenn Gould enjoys a respite at his lakeside cottage. It is an aspect of Gould previously known only to the collie pacing beside him through the woods, the fishermen resting t...
Glenn Gould: On The Record
This short documentary (the second of two parts) follows Glenn Gould to New York City. There, we see the renowned Canadian concert pianist kidding the cab driver, bantering with sound engineers at Col...
The Back-breaking Leaf
Here is a graphic picture of the tobacco harvest in southwestern Ontario. At the end of July, transient field workers move in for a brief bonanza when the plant is ripe. The tobacco harvesters call it...
The Man Who Wouldn't Talk
American scientist Dr. Frank Smith is brought to Britain to help the C.I.A. There is a defecting East block scientist they want him to debrief. The commies are less than amused and set Dr. Smith up fo...
This short film is a re-enactment of the critical year in Dr. Frederick Banting's life when he discovered insulin for the treatment of diabetes at the University of Toronto. It depicts the odds agains...
Memory of Summer
An attempt to recapture the magic of childhood as the cameras follow children at play.
A Foreign Language
This film observes, in a Montréal public school, the teaching of English to immigrant children. To thousands of children arriving in Canada from Greece, Italy, France, Germany or Japan, English is "a ...
The Days Before Christmas
This short documentary depicts Christmastime in Montreal. The milling crowds, department store Santas, Brink's messengers, kindergarten angels and boisterous nightclubs all combine to make a vivid por...
To Serve the Mind
The dramatization of the sympathetic hospital treatment a general practitioner receives when he suffers a mental breakdown. There is an emphasis on the types of facilities available and on the wide va...
One Little Indian
This short puppet animation from the fifties tells the story of Magic Bow, a First Nations boy endowed with magic gifts. Magic Bow is in the big city for the first time, thrilling audiences with his t...
Paul Tomkowicz: Street-railway Switchman
In this film, Paul Tomkowicz, Polish-born Canadian, talks about his job and his life in Canada. He compares his new life in the city of Winnipeg to the life he knew in Poland, marvelling at the freedo...
Home to the Land
This documentary from 1945 explains The Veteran's Land Act, which provided for low-cost loans to veterans who wished to purchase properties and re-establish themselves in Canada after the war. The loa...
The life of the man who introduced cross-country skiing to Canadians is the subject of a short film. His life story has been told using pictures from sports newsreels, Norwegian archives and his famil...
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