World Famous Film Director Peter Jackson ('Lord of The Rings' / 'The Hobbit' / 'King Kong') has finished his WW1 film, THEY SHALL NOT GROW OLD. The Director said "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 cinema, we can see and hear the Great War as they experienced it.”
THEY SHALL NOT GROW OLD has been created exclusively with original footage from Imperial War Museums’ film archive and audio from BBC archives.
THEY SHALL NOT GROW OLD 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, converted to 3D and transformed with modern production techniques to present never before seen detail. : A hundred years after the First World War, we know much about the horrific impact of this conflict on its soldiers, especially the brutal scale of the casualties which decimated a generation, but this film offers new understanding of the human experience of life at the front. Using original audio and moving image archive he allows the soldiers to tell their own stories.
The work his team have done on the materials, adding colour and converting to 3D, is painstaking and beautiful. It makes these people from 100 years ago seem so alive and gives an uncanny sense the footage was shot recently.
If your school would like to experience what it was like for a British Tommy, come on our Schools WW1 Residential Experience. There's more information here.