Outside of a few brief details from the life of James Richardson, not much was ever known by scholars about the experiences and events that would mold him into the hero he would become. Rumors had occasionally surfaced that an archive of documents and pictures existed that could shed further light on Canada's only piper to earn the Victoria Cross. Yet this archive remained a mystery; lost and undiscovered for nearly a century.
Incredibly the Academy Award winning team at Paradigm Motion Picture Company has recently uncovered that lost archive.
This archive contains an extensive cache of information, photographs, and histories regarding James Richardson that have remained unknown and unseen. It includes over 200 pages written by the hand of James Richardson himself. These pages span a period from August 1914 to October 7, 1916. Indeed one article is dated the very day before Jimmy stood with his pipes in the action that would earn him the Victoria Cross.
So what does all this mean? It means that Unparalleled Valour will be Jimmy’s story told in his own words, that the film will be a lasting tribute to his sacrifice and bravery. It means this film will stand apart as something historically significant as it unveils an unprecedented view into the personality, personal thoughts, actions, and war experiences of one of Canada’s greatest heroes.