They Shall Not Grow Old
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First Glimpse At New Peter Jackson WW1 Archive Film

The first trailer for Peter Jackson's First World War film has been released.

They Shall Not Grow Old

The original image vs the colourised artistic rendition (Picture: WingNut Films with Peter Jackson).

The first trailer for Peter Jackson's First World War film 'They Shall Not Grow Old' has been released.

The movie will premiere at the BFI London Film Festival next month.

The film has been created by original footage from the Imperial War museums film archive and BBC archives.

It also uses voices of veterans to bring the reality of war and the front line to life.

The film has also been remastered in high definition and colourised.

As well as premiering at the film festival the film will be released at special cinemas across the country in 2D and 3D.

Peter Jackson has a personal fascination with this period in time an wanted to bring the First World War to the big screen in a way it has never been seen before.

He said that he wanted to transform the footage to "beyond anything we’ve ever seen before". He added:

"We started to do some experiments and I was honestly stunned by the results we were getting.

"We all know what First World War footage looks like. It's sped up, it's fast, like Charlie Chaplin, grainy, jumpy, scratchy, and it immediately blocks you from actually connecting with the events on screen."

"But the results are absolutely unbelievable... This footage looks like it was shot in the last week or two, with high-definition cameras. It's so sharp and clear now."

They Shall Not Grow Old
Some of the footage in the film has never been seen before (Picture: PA).

'The Hobbit' filmmaker said: "The faces of the men just jump out at you. It's the faces, it's the people that come to life in this film.

"It's the human beings that were actually there, that were thrust into this extraordinary situation that defined their lives."

The film was commissioned as part on the 14-18 NOW programme, to mark the centenary of the end of the First World War.

The premiere will be held of the October 16 and a Q&A with Peter Jackson will be held after.

Audiences across the country will also be able to submit questions by Twitter for the live Q&A.