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Peter Jackson uses restored First World War footage for new documentary

Will be broadcast by the BBC in November

Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson is to direct a new documentary about World War I which will be broadcast on the BBC in November.

Jackson is using never-before-seen archive footage from the Imperial War Museum and audio from the BBC archives for the documentary.

Each frame of the film has been hand-colourised, 3D-digitised, and restored with modern production techniques.

It will be broadcast on BBC One following a UK-wide premiere as part of the BFI London Film Festival in 2018. The BBC will accompany the film with a ‘making-of’ documentary with behind-the-scenes footage, interviews with Peter Jackson and an in-depth look at the creative and technical process behind the work.

Jackson said: “I’ve always been fascinated by the First World War due to my own family history and the Centenary felt like a unique opportunity to make a personal contribution to the commemoration. I wanted to find a way to bring new life to the stories of ordinary people living through extraordinary times.”