Peter Jackson restores World War 1 archive footage for new centenary documentary

Peter Jackson restores World War 1 archive footage for new centenary documentary

Director Peter Jackson restores archive footage to make…

"We're making a film [that is] not the usual film you would expect on the First World War", Jackson says in the video below.

As a culmination of the BBC's four years of programming for the 100th anniversary of World War I, it is paying tribute to the centenary of 1918 with a Year of History, a range of content that will be available across TV, radio and online.

Jackson will direct a feature documentary about World War I, using exclusive archival footage and audio obtained from London's Imperial War Museum's film archive and the BBC archives, respectively.

The film, which has been created in association with 14-18 Now, the UK's official arts programme for the First World War centenary, will see Jackson hand-colourize and 3D digitize never-seen before footage, restored with modern production techniques.

The First World War proved to be a landmark in cinema history - the first time that the horrors of war could be caught on camera.

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The film will premiere during the London Film Festival in October before being broadcast on BBC television.

Director Jackson said he was approached by the Imperial War Museum about the footage, some of which has been seen previously in documentaries about the war.

"It's so sharp and clear now", he said. We're making a film that shows this incredible footage in which the faces of the men just jump out at you. The film focuses on the experiences of the people involved in the six-year war, as opposed to the larger strategy and politics, working from hundreds of hours of interviews with veterans. "It's the human beings who were actually there, who were thrust into this extraordinary situation that defined their lives in many cases".

Jackson and his team combed through around 600 hours of audio interviews with veterans, from the archives, recorded in the 1960s, 70s and 80s, for the film, which will be shown in United Kingdom secondary schools.

The 2018 events will culminate on Armistice Day with a new work created by director Danny Boyle, the mastermind behind the spectacular opening ceremony of the 2012 London Olympic Games.

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