They Shall Not Grow Old: Kiwi screenings confirmed for Sir Peter Jackson's WWI documentary

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They Shall Not Grow Old will screen in NZ cinemas from November 11.

Sir Peter Jackson's much-vaunted World War I documentary will screen in New Zealand cinemas from November 11.

International distributors Warner Bros. announced the news on Thursday evening, with movie theatre operators large and small around the country lining up to show They Shall Not Grow Old.

Its debut date couldn't be more appropriate as it marks the centenary of Armistice Day when the first World War officially ended.

They Shall Not Grow Old has been praised for its transformation of existing World War I archival footage.
They Shall Not Grow Old has been praised for its transformation of existing World War I archival footage.

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Sir Peter Jackson's collaboration with Britain's Imperial War Museum debuted at last month's London Film Festival.

Working with archival footage from Britain's Imperial War Museum and the BBC to bring to life the day-to-day experience of soldiers in World War I, Jackson used state-of-the-art technology to restore, colourise and turn the footage into a 3-D presentation.

His efforts wowed critics, with The Guardian's Peter Bradshaw describing the movie as "bringing the soldiers unforgettably back to life".

"Peter Jackson has created a visually staggering thought experiment; an immersive deep-dive into what it was like for ordinary British soldiers on the western front. The effect is electrifying. The soldiers are returned to an eerie, hyper-real kind of life in front of our eyes, like ghosts or figures summoned up in a seance. The faces are unforgettable."

The documentary, which debuted at the London Film Festival last month, is also set to air on BBC2 on the evening of Armistice Day.

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