Peter Jackson’s World War I Documentary To Premiere At The BFI London Film Festival

It’s been announced that Peter Jackson’s World War I documentary is called They Shall Not Grow Old and will have its world premiere at the 62nd BFI London Film Festival on October 16th with a Q&A Peter Jackson hosted by Mark Kermode.

Directing his first ever documentary, Peter Jackson has also worked with the Imperial War Museum along with 14-18 NOW to include exclusive original footage which comes from the BBC’s film and audio archives. He says, “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.” Here’s a beautiful image from the upcoming film.

The film has been commissioned by the 14-18 NOW which is the UK’s arts programme for the centenary of the First World War. Peter has had a passion for the First World War for a number of years and wanted to use his passion to create something like no one has ever seen.

Tricia Tuttle, BFI London Film Festival Artistic Director says, “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 Peter’s 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. It’s an honour to host the World Premiere at the BFI London Film Festival.”

The film will be screened at the festival whilst simultaneously being shown across the UK in both 2D and 3D showings. See below for when and where you can buy tickets:

BFI Southbank Screenings:

  • Wednesday 22nd August – BFI Patron (11.30am) / Champions booking opens (12.30pm)
  • Thursday 23rd August – BFI Members booking opens (11.30am)
  • Friday 24th August – Public booking opens (11.30am)

UK Wide Screenings

  • Booking site goes live from 29th August Wednesday 29th August – UK wide Cinemas on sale (10.00am)

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