MONTREAL, Sept. 21, 2011 /CNW Telbec/ - One of the pioneers of Canadian
cinema and documentary filmmaking, legendary National Film Board of
Canada (NFB) producer Tom Daly, passed away on September 18, at the age
Daly was born in Toronto on April 25, 1918, and joined the NFB in 1940
as a production assistant directly out of University of Toronto in
order to contribute to Canada's war effort. Widely acknowledged as the
most important figure ever to work in the English-language branch of
the NFB, Daly was a brilliant editor and producer, capable of inspiring
his colleagues' best work.
He learned the art of film editing from two of the greatest documentary
filmmakers to emerge from Great Britain, Stuart Legg and John Grierson,
and went on to mentor a host of filmmakers, including Roman Kroitor,
one of the inventors of IMAX, and Wolf Koenig, arguably one of the best
cameraman in the NFB's history. Daly established the stock shot
library, essential for The World in Action series, and during the war edited several of the Canada Carries On and The World in Action films. He produced his first film in 1945 and rose to become executive
producer of Unit B in 1951.
Under his leadership, Unit B became the NFB's most honoured creative arm
and was home to some of Canada's most brilliant and accomplished
filmmakers, notably Wolf Koenig, Colin Low, Roman Kroitor, Gerald
Potterton, Don Owen, Robert Verrall, Norman McLaren and Arthur Lipsett,
whose award-winning films of the 1950s and 1960s brought international
recognition for their innovative approaches to documentary and
Daly was the executive producer of the celebrated cinéma-vérité series Candid Eye, made between 1958 and 1961, and was the editing genius behind the
groundbreaking multi-screen experience In the Labyrinth at Expo 67.
He retired in 1984 with a legacy of more than 300 films, produced during
44 years of dedicated service.
The NFB's blog features a tribute to Tom Daly at <NFB.ca>, where users can watch some of his films and add their own comments
Tom Daly died peacefully at the Chateau Westmount in Montreal,
surrounded by his family, after a long illness.
SOURCE National Film Board of Canada
For further information:
Pat Dillon, NFB Publicist