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They Shall Not Grow Old

Transforming 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.

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.

Driven by a personal interest in the conflict, Jackson sets out to explore the day-to-day experience of its combatants. Immersed for months in the BBC and Imperial War Museum archives, Jackson created narratives and strategies regarding how this story should be told. Using only the voices of those involved, the film explores the reality of war on the front line: their attitudes to the conflict, how they ate, rested and formed friendships in those moments between battles, as well as their hopes and dreams for the future. Each frame of the film has been hand-colourised by Jackson's team, the footage 3D-digitised, transformed with modern post-production techniques, enabling these soldiers to walk and talk among us.

Reaching into the mists of time, Jackson aims to give these men voices, investigate the hopes and fears of these veterans that survived and were able to tell their stories, and detail the humility and humanity of those who represented a generation forever changed by the destruction of a global war.

1 hour, 35 minutes

Last on

Sun 10 Nov 2019 23:10

Credits

Role Contributor
Director Peter Jackson
Producer Peter Jackson
Producer Clare Olssen
Editor Jabez Olssen
Production Company 14-18 NOW

Broadcasts

  • Sun 11 Nov 2018 21:30
  • Sat 2 Feb 2019 21:00
  • Tue 19 Feb 2019 00:15
  • Sun 10 Nov 2019 22:10
  • Sun 10 Nov 2019 23:10

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