62nd BFI London Film Festival announces World Premiere of Peter Jackson’s ‘They Shall Not Grow Old’

The 62nd BFI London Film Festival in partnership with American Express® has today announced that Peter Jackson’s newly-titled First World War documentary, THEY SHALL NOT GROW OLD, will be given its World Premiere as the Documentary Special Presentation at BFI Southbank on 16th October 2018.

Trafalgar Releasing and BFI LFF have also confirmed that the film will be simultaneously screened – in 2D and 3D – to cinemas and special venues across the UK.

Attended by director Peter Jackson, the simulcast will include a special post screening Q&A with Jackson, hosted by film critic Mark Kermode.



Co-commissioned by 14-18 NOW, the UK’s arts programme for the First World War centenary, and Imperial War Museums, THEY SHALL NOT GROW OLD has been created exclusively with original footage from IWM’s film archive and audio from BBC archives.

THEY SHALL NOT GROW OLD uses the voices of the veterans combined with original archival footage to bring to life the reality of war on the front line for a whole new generation.

Footage has been colourised, converted to 3D and transformed with modern production techniques to present never before seen detail.



Peter Jackson comments:

“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. 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.”  


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