They Shall Not Grow Old 3D









NZ UK | 2018 | 100min | RP16 Graphic content may disturb

  • Directed by Peter Jackson (‘The Lord of the Rings’ trilogy, ‘The Hobbit’ trilogy, ‘King Kong’)
  • Documentary, War, Historical


Re-released in 2019 with new content.


  • 25 April, Thursday, 7:30PM ONCE

as an act of popular history, They Shall Not Grow Old is outstanding.

Driven by a personal interest in the First World War, Jackson set out to bring to life the day-to-day experience of its soldiers. Using the voices of the men involved, the film explores the reality of war on the front line; their attitudes to the conflict; how they ate; slept and formed friendships, as well what their lives were like away from the trenches during their periods of downtime.

Jackson and his team used cutting edge techniques to make the images of a hundred years ago appear as if they were shot yesterday. The transformation from black and white footage to colourised footage can be seen throughout the film revealing never before seen details

The effect is electrifying. The soldiers are returned to an eerie, hyperreal kind of life in front of our eyes, like ghosts or figures summoned up in a seance. The faces are unforgettable.