Trafalgar Releasing has debuted the They Shall Not Grow Old trailer, which previews Academy Award winner Peter Jackson‘s (The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings trilogies) extraordinary new work showing the Great War as you have never seen it.
“I’m immensely proud and honoured to able to share the trailer for They Shall Not Grow Old,” Jackson said. “This is The Great War as you’ve never seen it, but as the soldiers lived it – in colour. The film premieres in London on 16 October.”
They Shall Not Grow Old brings into high definition the human face of the First World War as part of a special London Film Festival presentation alongside a live Q&A with director Peter Jackson hosted by Mark Kermode.
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 the First World War, 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 on how to tell this story began to emerge for Jackson. 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 footage to colorized 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, the humility and humanity that represented a generation changed forever by a global war.
Co-commissioned by 14-18 NOW and Imperial War Museums in association with the BBC, the film can be seen in both 2D and 3D in select cinemas. The film was produced by WingNut Films and executive produced by House Productions.