THEY SHALL NOT GROW OLD – Special interview with director Peter Jackson
THEY SHALL NOT GROW OLD ****1/2 (99 minutes) MA
A long time World War 1 buff, Peter Jackson – best known as the director of mega-hits such as The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit and King Kong, was approached three years ago by the Imperial War Museum to do “something interesting” with their archival footage. That was the only brief he received.
Without any vision in mind, Jackson wondered what the footage might look like if he deployed the might of the computing power at WETA, the award-winning company that has done the effects for all his films, to restoring the footage.
A test run produced results that amazed Jackson and his crew and promptly lead to the visually astonishing documentary They Shall Not Grow Old, which has received universal acclaim.
An Oscar-winning A-list Hollywood director, Jackson did the film for no fee.
In this interview Jackson discusses the making of this extraordinary film.
They Shall Not Grow Old screens across Australia in about 200 cinemas from today, Remembrance Day on Sunday, 11 November, for about a week.
Don’t miss it.