THEY SHALL NOT GROW OLD (MA15+) The dark­est of days in a whole new light, NZ-UK, 99 min

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This spell­bind­ing doc­u­men­tary by master film­maker Peter Jack­son blends a mes­meris­ing level of cin­e­matic in­no­va­tion with a dis­arm­ingly vivid brand of sto­ry­telling that bro­kers a new un­der­stand­ing of one of his­tory’s dark­est con­flicts. The an­cient black and white footage we all as­so­ciate with World War 1 - scratchy, flick­er­ing and sped up due to the cam­era frame rates of the era - is vir­tu­ally nowhere to be seen. Thanks to ad­vances in pro­cess­ing tech­nol­ogy, that footage is now of the high­est quality: crys­tal clear, full of as­ton­ish­ing de­tail, and free of all stac­cato, herky-jerky move­ment. Some­what au­da­ciously, Jack­son has raised the stakes by hand-colour­ing the footage and then ren­der­ing it into 3D. The risks taken pay off in spec­tac­u­lar and grip­ping fash­ion. The wildly vary­ing rhythms of a sol­dier’s life on the bat­tle­fields on France - the fixed rou­tines, the un­pre­dictable bru­tal­ity and the sheer hu­man­ity - are cap­tured pow­er­fully and poignantly, with a level of de­tail that is highly im­mer­sive. Pre­mieres to­mor­row at War­rina, Event and Read­ing cinemas

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