British pubcaster BBC2 has set a November premiere date for They Shall Not Grow Old, the World War I feature documentary from Academy Award-winning director Peter Jackson.
They Shall Not Grow Old, which premiered in October at the 2018 London Film Festival, blends previously unseen archival footage from the Imperial War Museums’ film archive with original audio from the BBC’s archives to bring to life the realities and experiences of young British soldiers fighting in the First World War.
Footage throughout the 99-minute film has been colorized, converted to stereoscopic 3D and transformed with modern production techniques to present never-before-seen detail.
“I wanted to reach through the fog of time and pull these men into the modern world, so they can regain their humanity once more – rather than be seen only as Charlie Chaplin-type figures in the vintage archive film,” said Jackson in a statement. “By using our computing power to erase the technical limitations of 100 year-old cinema, we can see and hear the Great War as they experienced it.”
Warner Bros. Pictures recently acquired the global distribution rights to They Shall Not Grow Old, which forms part of the BBC’s commemorative coverage around the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day.
The film was produced by WingNut Films and executive produced by House Productions, and co-commissioned by 14-18 NOW and Imperial War Museums in association with the BBC.
They Shall Not Grow Old is produced by Jackson and Clare Olssen. The project was commissioned by Tom McDonald, head of commissioning for natural history and specialist factual for BBC.
They Shall Not Grow Old premieres Nov. 11 at 9:30 p.m. on BBC2, with sister network BBC4 debuting a complimentary behind-the-scenes, 30-minute special under the ‘What Do Artists Do All Day?’ strand on Nov. 12 at 7:30 p.m.