Employing state-of-the-art technology to transform audio and moving image archive footage more than a century old, Peter Jackson brings to life the people who can best tell the story of World War I: the men who were there.
They Shall Not Grow Old premiered to critical acclaim at the London Film Festival on 16th October and played nationwide in cinemas in November. Co-commissioned by 14-18 NOW, the UK's arts programme for the First World War Centenary, and Imperial War Museums, They Shall Not Grow Old was created exclusively with original footage from Imperial War Museums' film and audio archive and audio from BBC archives.
Marking the centenary of the First World War, the internationally renowned director Peter Jackson (The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings trilogies) uses the voices of the veterans combined with original archival footage to bring to life the reality of war on the front line for a whole new generation. Footage has been colourised and transformed with modern production techniques to present never before seen detail.
Jackson comments: "I wanted to reach through the fog of time and pull these men into the modern world, so they can regain their humanity once more - rather than be seen only as Charlie Chaplin-type figures in the vintage archive film. By using our computing power to erase the technical limitations of 100-year-old cinema, we can see and hear the Great War as they experienced it."
They Shall Not Grow Old is directed by Peter Jackson, produced by Peter Jackson and Clare Olssen and edited by Jabez Olssen. Co-commissioned by 14-18 NOW and Imperial War Museums in association with the BBC. Produced by WingNut Films and Executive Produced by House Productions. Supported by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. Special thanks to Matthew & Sian Westerman with additional support from The Taylor Family Foundation, The Moondance Foundation, Welsh Government, Scottish Government, British Council, Tim & Sarah Bunting, Jacqueline & Richard Worswick and one anonymous donor.
They Shall Not Grow Old is released on DVD and Blu-ray 10th December 2018 from Warner Home Video.
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