They Shall Not Grow Old

They Shall Not Grow Old
  • 2018
  • UK
  • 2h 30min
  • Directed by: Peter Jackson
  • UK release: 16 October 2018

Peter Jackson directs this documentary on WWI created with original footage from the Imperial War Museums' film archive and audio from BBC archives.

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Directed by Peter Jackson (Lord of the Rings), this unique film brings into high definition the human face of the First World War. Using state of the art technology to restore original archival footage which is more than a 100-years old, They Shall Not Grow Old brings to life the people who can best tell this story: the men who were there.

The film shows the day-to-day experience of WW1 soldiers; their attitude to war, how they ate; slept and formed friendships, as well their lives away from the trenches during their periods of downtime. They Shall not Grow Old gives these men voices, and investigates the hopes and fears of the veterans as well as the humility and humanity that represented a generation changed forever by a global war.

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Sir Peter Jackson's new documentary film feels 'personal'

17 Oct 2018

Film gossip

Sir Peter Jackson's new documentary film 'They Shall Not Grow Old' has a "personal" feel for the director. The acclaimed moviemaker – who is best-known for helming the 'Lord of the Rings' films – has revealed how his latest movie connected him with…

Peter Jackson not 'excited' by war films

30 Sep 2018

Film gossip

Sir Peter Jackson thinks too many First World War movies are "cliched". The 58-year-old director is fascinated by the Great War - which took place in Europe from July 1914 to 11 November 1918 - but finds films about the subject too "serious" and…

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