New WWI documentary gives voices to once-silent soldiers

Image: Peter Jackson remastered archive 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.

Head of film at the Imperial War Museum Matt Leigh said he wanted to transform the archive footage into something new in a bid to engage younger audiences.

Over four years the award victor edited hundreds of videos to produce the final piece, which masterfully melts black and white scenes into brightly coloured clips.

Director Peter Jackson attends the world premiere of "The Beatles: Eight Days a Week - The Touring Years" in London, Britain September 15, 2016.

Oscar-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson's latest labor of love, which he made for free, is the World War I documentary, They Shall Not Grow Old.

'It's not the story of the war.

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.

"Not one soldier on the Western Front, I guarantee you, not one soldier could sit down and really explain in political terms what was important about fighting the war, what was important about beating the Germans". 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 film was originally announced in January as part of a series of events announced by arts organisation 14-18 NOW.

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

The film festival, held in association with American Express, kicks off on October 10 with Widows, directed by Steve McQueen and starring Viola Davis.