Fathom Events and Warner Bros. Pictures have partnered to bring Academy Award winner Peter Jackson’s poignant WWI documentary They Shall Not Grow Old to cinemas, presented in 2D and RealD 3D.

Bringing this increasingly important, rare, black and white footage into full colour and 3D, with voice tracks developed inhand with VFX artists, lip-readers and voice artists. In They Shall Not Grow Old, Jackson opens a window to the past in a way that has never been seen or heard before, saying, “Restoration is a humanising process.” By the end of this screening, it is clear this is a groundbreaking feat of research, filmmaking and storytelling.

Carolyn Blackwood, New Line president and chief content officer, and an executive producer on Jackson’s The Hobbit trilogy told Variety.com, “This documentary is simply special on every level — it is an arresting and gripping way to humanise and honour those who served so bravely during WWI by using actual footage shot at the time and narrated with the voices of the soldiers who experienced it. Leave it to Peter to come up with a groundbreaking way to reflect back on a period in history that deserves another look.”

The acclaimed documentary is an extraordinary look at the soldiers and events of the Great War, using film footage captured at the time, now presented in a way the world has never seen. By utilising state-of-the-art restoration, colorisation and 3D technologies, and pulling from 600 hours of BBC archival interviews, this is an intensely gripping, immersive and authentic experience through the eyes and voices of the British soldiers who lived it.

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Written by Paul Hellard

Freelance journalist. Also videographer, photographer, cyclist and lover of all things sustainable, creative and digital.

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