Peter Jackson Returns With “They Shall Not Grow Old”; World Premiere At BFI London Film Festival

Director Peter Jackson returns to the screen with his latest effort, World War 1 film They Shall Not Grow Old which will have its world premiere at the BFI London Film Festival.

They Shall Not Grow Old - Peter Jackson

They Shall Not Grow Old – Peter Jackson – PHOTO courtesy of: BFI / Trafalgar Releasing

Peter Jackson’s new film, They Shall Not Grow Old, presents a unique journey into World War 1 through the voices of veterans combined with archival footage. Jackson’s own interest in the period shines through as he brings to life the realities of warfare for a new generation.

Further enhancing They Shall Not Grow Old’s compelling story is the colourisation of footage which has been converted to 3D alongside other digital trickery to present a level of detail like never before.

Jackson said of the film that will be unveiled for the first time at the BFI London Film Festival: “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.” He adds: “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.”

The film has been made courtesy of access to original footage kept in the Imperial War Museums’ film archive as well as audio from the BBC vault. “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,” said Tricia Tuttle, BFI London Film Festival Artistic Director.

“Using original audio and moving image archive he allows the soldiers to tell their own stories. It makes these people from 100 years ago seem so alive and gives an uncanny sense the footage was shot recently.”

Tickets – more info here – for this event at BFI Southbank, London and at participating venues screening the simulcast of the World Premiere are available as follows:

BFI Southbank Screenings:

Wednesday 22nd August – BFI Patron (11.30am) and 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: www.theyshallnotgrowold.film BOOKING SITE GOES LIVE FROM 29TH AUGUST

Wednesday 29th August – UK wide Cinemas on sale (10.00am)

They Shall Not Grow Old will have its world premiere as the Documentary Special Presentation at the BFI London Film Festival on October 16. Trafalgar Releasing and BFI LFF are also pleased to confirm that the film will be simultaneously screened, in 2D and 3D to cinemas and special venues across the UK. Attended by the director Peter Jackson, the simulcast will include a special post screening Q&A with Jackson, hosted by film critic Mark Kermode.

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