Peter Jackson’s WWI documentary to premiere at BFI London film fest
The 62nd edition will take place from October 10 to October 21
They Shall Not Grow Old, filmmaker Peter Jackson’s documentary on the First World War, is scheduled to have its world premiere at the BFI London Film Festival on October 16. The film has been created with original footage from Imperial War Museums’ film archive and audio from the BBC archives. The audio uses voices of the veterans and original archive footage (which has been colourised and converted to 3D) to bring the war to life in a way never seen before.
“These men (veterans) have been seen only as Charlie Chaplin-type figures in vintage archives and I wanted to reach through the fog of time and pull these men into the modern world, so they can regain their humanity. 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,” said the filmmaker, adding that a copy of the film will also be given to every secondary school in Britain, with the aim to help younger generations understand the events of a century ago.
They Shall Not Grow Old, whose title comes from Laurence Binyon’s 1914 poem For the Fallen, will have simultaneous screenings in 2D and 3D across the UK. The 62nd edition of BFI London Film Festival will take place from October 10 to October 21.