They Shall Not Grow Old — International Trailer


added: Fri, Sep 28th '18

Peter Jackson, the Oscar-winning filmmaker of "The Lord of the Rings" and "The Hobbit" films, has just made a documentary about World War I, and it features digitally-restored, newly colorized footage of soldiers on the battlefield.

Check out the first official trailer for "They Shall Not Grow Old," Jackson's new historical film about the Great War, which is offering audiences a rare, intimate look at the day-to-day lives of WWI soldiers as documented on 100-year-old archival black-and-white film footage that has since been meticulously restored into high definition and modified into color for the first time ever.

The documentary, which will be shown in 2D and 3D formats, will make its world premiere next month, October 16th, as part of a special London Film Festival presentation, which includes a live Q&A with director Jackson.

"They Shall Not Grow Old" is also expected to be released in select theaters across the U.K. next month. As of yet, there's no official U.S. release date.

This unique film brings into high definition the human face of the First World War as part of a special London Film Festival presentation alongside a live Q&A with director Peter Jackson hosted by Mark Kermode.

Using state of the art technology to restore original archival footage which is more than a 100-years old, Jackson 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.


directed by   Peter Jackson

release date   October 16, 2018 (World Premiere, London Film Festival)

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