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THEY SHALL NOT GROW OLD (2018) +Q&A with Senior Curator Dr. Toby Haggith (Imperial War Musuem Department of Second World War & Mid-20th Century Conflict)

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dir. Peter Jackson

year. 2018

country. UK NZ

run-time. 110min

rating. 15

£6 (£4.50 conc.)

Doors 700PM – Film 7:30PM


"A visually staggering thought experiment; an immersive deep-dive into what it was like for ordinary British soldiers on the western front” -Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian. ★★★★★ .

We are delighted that Dr Toby Haggith, a Senior Curator at the Imperial War Museum (Department of Second World War & Mid-20th Century Conflict) who has worked on DVD releases of the First World War archive films Battle of the Somme and Battle of the Ancre, will join us for a Q&A.

Deptford Cinema marks the centenary of the guns falling silent at the end of the First World War with a screening of the incredible new exploration of  the battlefields of the Western Front, as overseen by Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson- THEY SHALL NOT GROW OLD. This new collection of archive footage from the war premiered to critical acclaim at the London Film Festival on 16th October and played nationwide in cinemas in November.  Co-commssioned by 14-18 NOW, the UK’s arts programme for the First World War Centenary, and Imperial War Museums, THEY SHALL NOT GROW OLD was created exclusively with original footage from Imperial War Museums’ film and audio archive and audio from BBC archives.

Marking the centenary of the First World War, internationally renowned director Peter Jackson used the voices of the veterans combined with newly colorised original archival footage to bring to life the reality of war on the front line for a whole new generation. Footage has been transformed with modern production techniques and backed by a newly-created audio soundtrack, to present the First World War in a way never seen before.