Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins
Film run time: 1hr 40m
As the 100th anniversary of the WWI Armistice draws nearer, Peter Jackson uses the latest in cinematic technology to make the gap between the soldiers of that time and ourselves smaller than ever.
Unlike any other war that had come before it, the impact of the First World War was made more immediate and devastating to the general public by a recent invention -the film camera, which captured footage of soldiers and battles (including the crucial Battle of the Somme), and broadcasted it to civilian audiences soon after, bringing them closer to the front than ever.
Having been kept in the archives of the Imperial War Museum in the decades since, the footage – a great deal of which has never been shown to general audiences before – has now been restored to the greatest level of quality, being colourised and sharpened to modern standards and combined with veteran interviews from the BBC archives.
Just as contemporary audiences were brought closer to soldiers by the camera and reminded of their shared humanity, the restoration work closes the 100-year gap and makes them more human to us than ever before.