First World War Footage ‘Brought To Life’ In Peter Jackson’s New Film




Archive film footage has been painstakingly restored for the Oscar-winning filmmaker’s new documentary.

Footage courtesy of ‘They Shall Not Grow Old’/ WingNut Films/ Peter Jackson. Original black and white film © IWM.

A hundred years on, ‘Lord Of the Rings’ director Sir Peter Jackson has seen footage of a mine explosion that his own grandfather was only a hundred yards away from on the Western Front at the time.

He saw the footage while making his new film ‘They Shall Not Grow Old’.

The Oscar-winning director has breathed life into original First World War footage for the documentary that shares real stories of veterans who lived through the 1914-18 conflict.

Sir Jackson and his team colourised and restored the footage from the archives of the Imperial War Museum – most of which has never been seen before – to produce an incredible insight into what life was like during “the war to end all wars”.


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