Out of the trenches

RTÉ Guide - - The Insider -

Novem­ber 11 is the cen­te­nary of Ar­mistice Day, the of­fi­cial end of what was then known as the Great War and later as World War I. This week’s TV sched­ules are filled with pow­er­ful shows, re­flect­ing on a con­flict that was so hor­ri­fy­ing that many be­lieved it would be the last great con­flict. Few of these shows will be as poignant as this doc­u­men­tary from New Zealand di­rec­tor Peter Jack­son, who cre­ated some of cin­ema’s most epic bat­tle scenes with his block­buster trilo­gies, The Lord of the Rings and The Hob­bit. Now he has turned his hand to the re­al­ity of World War I.

Us­ing his vast pri­vate col­lec­tion of war mem­o­ra­bilia as a ref­er­ence, Jack­son em­barked on a project to re­store and colourise ar­chive footage from the UK’s Im­pe­rial War Mu­seum for They Shall Not Grow Old. His fo­cus is not just on the hor­rors of bat­tle, but the per­sonal sto­ries of sol­diers’ ev­ery­day ex­pe­ri­ences. The di­rec­tor took on the task of bring­ing the sol­diers to life by digi­tis­ing and colouris­ing black-and-white, grainy orig­i­nal im­ages of life on the West­ern Front. He changed the tim­ing of the footage from 13 frames a sec­ond to 24 and added state-of-the art sound, some­times cour­tesy of the New Zealand army. The re­sult­ing doc­u­men­tary re­ceived a stand­ing ova­tion at the re­cent Lon­don Film Fes­ti­val. “It’s not the story of the war,” says the Os­car-win­ning di­rec­tor. “It’s the story of the hu­man ex­pe­ri­ence of fight­ing in the war.” Not to be missed.

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