They Shall Not Grow Old

Waipa Post - - Entertainment -

On the cen­te­nary of the end of World War 1, Academy Award-win­ner Peter Jack­son presents this unique film.

Us­ing state of the art tech­nol­ogy to re­store orig­i­nal archival footage, which is more than a 100 years old, Jack­son brings to life the peo­ple who can best tell this story: the men who were there.

Driven by a per­sonal in­ter­est in WW1, Jack­son set out to bring to life the day-to-day ex­pe­ri­ence of its sol­diers.

Af­ter months im­mersed in the BBC and Im­pe­rial War Mu­se­ums’ ar­chives, nar­ra­tives and strate­gies the story be­gan to emerge.

Us­ing the voices of the men in­volved, the film ex­plores the re­al­ity of war on the front line; their at­ti­tudes to the con­flict; how they ate, slept and formed friend­ships; as well what their lives were like away from the trenches dur­ing their pe­ri­ods of down­time.

Jack­son and his team have used cut­ting edge tech­niques to make the im­ages of a hun­dred years ago ap­pear as if they were shot yes­ter­day.

The trans­for­ma­tion from black and white to colourised footage can be seen through­out the film re­veal­ing never be­fore seen de­tails.

Reach­ing into the mists of time, Jack­son aims to give these men voices, in­ves­ti­gate the hopes and fears of the veter­ans and the hu­mil­ity and hu­man­ity that rep­re­sented a gen­er­a­tion changed for­ever by a global war.

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