They Shall Not Grow Old

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They Shall Not Grow Old


Directed by Peter Jackson.
Classification: MA15+ (Strong war themes and injury detail), 129 mins.
Country: UK.


Returning for ANZAC Day 2019, including a recorded introduction from director Peter Jackson and an extra 30-minute featurette.

Using state of the art technology to restore original archival footage which is more than a 100-years old, Academy Award-winner Peter Jackson (The Lord of the Rings trilogy) brings to life the people who can best tell this story: the men who were there.

Driven by a personal interest in the First World War, Jackson set out to bring to life the day-to-day experience of its soldiers. After months immersed in the BBC and Imperial War Museums’ archives, narratives and strategies on how to tell this story began to emerge for Jackson. Using the voices of the men involved, the film explores the reality of war on the front line; their attitudes to the conflict; how they ate; slept and formed friendships, as well what their lives were like away from the trenches during their periods of downtime.

Jackson and his team have used cutting-edge techniques to make the images of a hundred years ago appear as if they were shot yesterday. The transformation from black and white footage to colourised footage can be seen throughout the film revealing never before seen details. Reaching into the mists of time, Jackson aims to give these men voices, investigate the hopes and fears of the veterans, the humility and humanity that represented a generation changed forever by a global war.

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