They Shall Not Grow Old
Director: Peter Jackson
Running Time: 99 minutes
Certificate: 15 - bloody injury detail, images of real dead bodies
Country: UK/New Zealand
"As an act of popular history, They Shall Not Grow Old is outstanding."
- Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
"You might have thought there was nothing new to say about the First World War but Peter Jackson’s astonishing and revelatory new feature documentary comes at the subject in a way no previous film, book or play has ever done."
- Geoffrey Macnab, Independent
"Jackson and his team of technical, restorative historians have created a memorial that resonates like perhaps no other documentary on the subject."
- Andrew Collins, Radio Times
"It is an encounter with the past that feels exhilaratingly present-tense."
- Robbie Collin, Daily Telegraph
"It’s the visual and emotional achievement - a groundbreaking resurrection - that resonates."
- Kevin Maher, Times
On the centenary of the end of First World War, Academy Award-winner Peter Jackson presents an extraordinary new work showing the Great War as you have never seen it. 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, 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.