Peter Jackson To Direct First World War Feature Documentary

Peter Jackson restores World War 1 archive footage for new centenary documentary

Director Peter Jackson restores archive footage to make…

The film focuses on the experiences of the people involved in the six-year war, as opposed to the larger strategy and politics, working from hundreds of hours of interviews with veterans.

14-18 NOW and Imperial War Museums, in partnership with the BBC, have commissioned a new film from acclaimed director and filmmaker Peter Jackson (The Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Hobbit trilogy) to tell the story of the First World War.

"We all know what First World War footage looks like".

"But the results are absolutely unbelievable..." Also airing on BBC One will be a documentary documenting the making of Jackson's documentary, featuring behind-the-scenes footage, interviews with Jackson and an extensive look at the creative and technical process behind his work.

As a culmination of the BBC's four years of programming for the 100th anniversary of World War I, it is paying tribute to the centenary of 1918 with a Year of History, a range of content that will be available across TV, radio and online. The film is being produced by the director's WingNut Films shingle. "It's so sharp and clear now".

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

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The images are being digitally restored and will be hand-colourised and accompanied by original audio. "But it's very surprising when you listen to the voices of the men who fought the war - how they had to live it, what they had to eat, how they slept at night, how they coped with fear", the director said.

Jackson's movie, announced Monday, is among dozens of artworks commissioned by British cultural bodies to commemorate 100 years since the final year of the 1914-18 war.

The season ends by marking Armistice Day on November 11, with a new, yet-to-be announced work created by filmmaker Danny Boyle.

Details are yet to be announced, but it will invite people across the United Kingdom to take part.

The women who carried on running houses and bringing up children during wartime will be marked in Great And Tiny War, in which a house in Newcastle is transformed into a "multimedia installation".

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