Special Presentation

They Shall Not Grow Old

On the centenary of the First World War, Academy Award®-winner Peter Jackson (Lord of the Rings) presents the world premiere of an extraordinary new work, revealing the Great War as you have never seen it.

They Shall Not Grow Old (3D - NFT1) and non 3D (NFT2) sold out during members priority booking. Please note that these screenings will now start at the earlier time of 17:45. No latecomers will be admitted. See below for details of UK-wide screenings.

Dir Peter Jackson
Prod Peter Jackson, Clare Olssen, 14-18 NOW, Imperial War Museums
Scr Peter Jackson
New Zealand
Certificate 15
UK Distribution Trafalgar Releasing

Employing state-of-the-art technology to transform audio and moving image archive footage more than a century old, Jackson brings to life the people who can best tell this story: the men who were there. Driven by a personal interest in the conflict, Jackson set out to explore the day-to-day experience of its combatants. Immersed for months in the BBC and Imperial War Museum archives, Jackson created narratives and strategies regarding how this story should be told. Using only the voices of those involved, the film explores the reality of war on the front line: their attitudes to the conflict; how they ate, rested and formed friendships in those moments between battles; as well as their hopes and dreams for the future. Each frame of the film has been hand-colourised by Jackson’s team, the footage 3D-digitised, transformed with modern post-production techniques, enabling these soldiers to walk and talk among us. Reaching into the mists of time, Jackson has aimed to give these men voices, investigate the hopes and fears of these veterans that survived and were able to tell their stories, and detail the humility and humanity of those who represented a generation forever changed by the destruction of a global war.

Tricia Tuttle

Additional information

Co-commissioned by 14-18 NOW and Imperial War Museums in association with the BBC. Produced by WingNut Films and Executive Produced by House Productions. Supported by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund, Arts Council England and Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. Special thanks to Matthew and Sian Westerman with additional support from The Taylor Family Foundation, The Moondance Foundation, Welsh Government, Scottish Government, British Council, Tim and Sarah Bunting, Jacqueline and Richard Worswick and one anonymous donor.

Special Presentation: They Shall Not Grow Old – across the UK

Peter Jackson will be present in NFT1 for a conversation with Mark Kermode after the screening. This Q&A will also be beamed into NFT2 and simulcast live to cinemas across the UK. Check back for booking dates and participating venues.

UK Wide Screenings can be booked from theyshallnotgrowold.film. Please note: BOOKING SITE GOES LIVE 10AM WED 29 AUGUST.