Seen to be Believed: a new film to mark The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee

11th March 2022

This year Her Majesty The Queen celebrates her Platinum Jubilee, marking an unprecedented 70 years of service to the people of the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth.

To commemorate this historic occasion, the Yorkshire and North East Film Archives have curated a new standalone 55-minute film, “Seen to be Believed”, available to community groups, cinemas, local authorities and other organisations, for screening as part of this summer’s celebrations.

Taking an affectionate look at how the people of Yorkshire and the North East celebrated coronations, jubilees and royal visits through the decades, our film draws inspiration from a famous remark by The Queen: “I have to be seen to be believed”.

We take a look through the lens at street parties and pageants, bunting, banners and flag waving, and hear what the Royal Family – The Queen in particular – means to the people of our region.  All footage in the film was made solely by Yorkshire and North East filmmakers, both amateur and professional.

Her Majesty’s lifetime of devotion to duty is highlighted and the film gives us an insight into how this was instilled by her parents.  The Queen’s many visits involve so much more than opening bridges and launching ships, cutting ribbons and unveiling plaques – we see her real connection with the public and watch their reactions to meeting her or simply being part of the welcoming crowd.

The Queen has always set great store by the importance of family; it has shaped who she is both as a monarch and a woman.  Our film includes fascinating footage of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth, showing how they broke down barriers during visits and appearances, changing the public’s perception of the Royal Family – something that The Queen herself would build upon when she took to the throne.

Prince Philip – who she referred to as her “rock” – is, of course, ever-present by her side, and also in his own right on a number of solo visits to the region.

This very special footage is woven together by a narrator, providing plenty of background information together with an insight into changing times and perceptions in our regions, that’s sure to delight and entertain audiences.

Available for you to screen via DVD or digital download, “Seen to be Believed” is a unique opportunity to celebrate a once in a lifetime occasion, whilst also supporting your regional film archives.   

To find out more about our pricing structure and book your rental, just click here to complete our online form.