Canadian spy story “Operation Oblivion” launches on NFB’s CAMPUS
Media Monkey Productions Inc. announced today an agreement with The National Film Board of Canada (NFB) to make Operation Oblivion, (an original documentary telling the story of 13 Chinese Canadian civilians trained by the British Secret Service (MI6) during the Second World War) available to schools nationwide on their online streaming service CAMPUS starting in November, 2014.
CAMPUS is the NFB’s subscription-based online streaming service for educators. With more than 4000 available films, CAMPUS offers tools for creating chapters and playlists that can be shared with students. Launched in 2012, CAMPUS is accessible to more than 4 million students in Canada. Operation Oblivion will launch on the service in early November as part of school activities planned for Remembrance Day. Launch events will include an online chat with the last surviving member of Operation Oblivion using the Twitter hashtag #OpOblivion.
“The NFB has been a trusted source, working with educators to shape curriculums for more than 60 years. It is a privilege to have been selected as part of CAMPUS and to have the opportunity to make millions of students aware of the courageous acts of these men, and their important contributions to Canada’s war effort in the Pacific,” said producers Micol Marotti and Bradley Lee.
Operation Oblivion follows Henry ‘Hank’ Wong who, after a lifetime of sworn secrecy, reveals the identities of his fellow Oblivion members, and the daring plan that positioned them to train Resistance fighters behind Japanese enemy lines. Narrated by celebrated actor Colm Feore (Revolution, The Borgias) the film uses images taken by Wong and combines them with award-winning animation sequences to bring this incredible story to life.
Operation Oblivion garnered a 2013 Platinum Pixie Award from the American Pixel Academy for Best Animation in a Documentary Film and a 2014 Telly Award for Best History/Biography Documentary. The film had its broadcast premiere on OMNI 2 earlier this year.
Operation Oblivion is executive produced by Peter Starr, produced by Micol Marotti and Bradley Lee, and directed by Jeff Halligan. The film was funded and developed in association with OMNI Television, a division of Rogers Communications, the Government of Canada’s Community Historical Recognition Program, and produced with the participation of the Bell Broadcast and New Media Fund.