My Grandmother Ironed the King's Shirts

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My Grandmother Ironed the King's Shirts
Directed by Torill Kove
Produced by Lars Tommerbakke
Marcy Page
Written by Torill Kove
Narrated by Mag Ruffman
Music by Kevin Dean
Running time
10 minutes
Country Canada
Language English

My Grandmother Ironed the King's Shirts is a 1999 animated short by Torill Kove. Co-produced by Marcy Page of the National Film Board of Canada and Lars Tømmerbakke of Studio Magica in Norway, the film humorously recounts a tall tale about the filmmaker's grandmother in Oslo, Norway, during World War II, who actually ironed the shirts for Norway's King Haakon VII for many years.

My Grandmother Ironed the King's Shirts was Kove's first film with the NFB. It began as a screenwriting exercise for a class at Concordia University, where Kove had been enrolled. She then pitched the film to producers at the NFB, including its eventual NFB producer, Page. As is the case with her subsequent animated shorts, the musical score for My Grandmother Ironed the King's Shirts was composed by Kove's husband, Kevin Dean.[1] The film is narrated by Mag Ruffman.


Awards for the film included a special prize from the Hiroshima International Animation Festival and a Golden Sheaf Award for best animation.[2] The film was also nominated for an Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film at the 72nd Academy Awards. It was also included in the Animation Show of Shows.


In May 2017, the NFB and Canadian publisher Firefly Books announced that the film would be adapted into a children's book.[3]


  1. ^ Everett-Green, Robert (20 February 2015). "Filmmaker Torill Kove would like more love for animated shorts". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 30 May 2017. 
  2. ^ "My Grandmother Ironed the King's Shirts". Film Collection. National Film Board of Canada Web site. 1999. Retrieved 2009-08-31. 
  3. ^ "From screen to page: National Film Board of Canada forays into book publishing". Winnipeg Free Press. The Canadian Press. 2017-05-29. Retrieved 2017-05-30. 

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