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They Shall Not Grow Old

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Created exclusively with original footage from the Imperial War Museums' film archive and audio from BBC archives, director Peter Jackson brings the First World War to life in a way never seen before. Using the voices of the veterans combined with original archival footage to bring to life the reality of war on the front line for a whole new generation. Footage has been colourised, converted to 3D and transformed with modern production techniques to present never before seen detail.
Co-commissioned by 14-18 NOW, the UK’s arts programme for the First World War centenary, and Imperial War Museums, to mark the centenary of the end of the First World War.
Official Selection BFI London Film Festival 2018 - Documentary Special Presentation - World premiere
Official Selection International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) 2019 - Perspectives


Type of film
Running Time
99 mins
Peter Jackson
Peter Jackson, Clare Olssen
Jabez Olssen
Film Image
Colourised footage artistic rendition 2018 - © THEY SHALL NOT GROW OLD by WingNut Films with Peter Jackson. Original black and white film © IWM
Funding Support
Special thanks to Matthew & Sian Westerman with additional support from The Taylor Family Foundation, The Moondance Foundation, Welsh Government, Scottish Government, British Council, Tim Bunting, Jacqueline & Richard Worswick, plus an anonymous donor.


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Last updated 16th January 2019

Production Company

Co-commissioned by 14-18 NOW and Imperial War Museums in association with the BBC

A WingNut Films (NZ) production with support of House Productions (UK), Trustees of the Imperial War Museum, London (UK)

House Productions
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+44 (0)20 3770 8330