World War I through the eyes of Peter Jackson
Oscar-winning director of the Lord of the Rings series, Peter Jackson, made a documentary by revising the real images taken during the First World War. In this documentary, Peter Jackson worked with lip-reading experts. The speeches and dialogues of the soldiers who took part in the First World War were brought to life again. Recovered and repaired images were transferred to the big screen with the documentary named by They Shall Take Grow Old.
Peter Jackson again signed a huge sounded project. They Shall Not Grow Old, in addition to images that are overhauled and coloured by computer techniques, also include images from the BBC archives, where the war veterans transfer their experiences. Peter Jackson participated in the project as a volunteer. He said that he grew up with the war stories his father told him and added that he watched a 100-hour archive for a 90-minute documentary. Jackson was impressed by the soldiers' lack of sense of humour in spite of the terrible conditions. ”When people are in great pressure and danger, they turn to humour to get rid of this process."
Filming took about four years. The premiere, in honour of the 100th anniversary of the end of the war, will be held at the London Film Festival in the UK on October 16th.