They Shall Not Grow Old

Peter Jackson remastered archive footage. Pic They Shall Not Grow Old  WingNut Films

Director Peter Jackson used computers to remove jitters and missing frames from World War One film - and forensic lip-readers to uncover what people were saying in silent footage.

The 90-minute documentary, marks the centenary of the war which took place between 1914 and 1918 and is narrated with interviews from 120 veterans from 600 clips recorded by the BBC in 1964.

Image: One of the shots Peter Jackson has reworked.

Image: Black and white footage has been turned into colour.

Jackson told Sky News it was a passion project, inspired by a life-long interest in the war which started as a child because his grandfather was a serving solider in the British Army.

'It's not the story of the war.

"You don't really notice them when they were all sped up and jerky, but suddenly they just come into a focus". The WingNut Films production, complimented with archival material provided by the BBC and London's Imperial War Museum, will be making its premiere at the BFI London Film Festival followed by a United Kingdom -wide release of the 2D/3D film by Trafalgar Releasing on that same day, October 16th. The stunning technological and historical achievement documents the lives of soldiers fighting in World War I brought to life using archival historical footage restored to near high-definition standards, complete with hand-colorized updates.

"They Shall Not Grow Old" will simultaneously air in cinemas across the United Kingdom in the coming weeks.

As well as being shown in cinemas, it will be given to all secondary schools.

He also noted that "every single frame was original film".

It ends on October 21, with Laurel and Hardy film Stan And Ollie, starring Steve Coogan and John C Reilly and directed by Filth director Jon S Baird.

They Shall Not Grow Old comes comes out in the United Kingdom on October 16 - the 100 year anniversary of WW1 ending - and was funded by the government, with Jackson directing the film for free.

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