The Lord of the Rings Director, Peter Jackson as an unpaid project created a film about the First World War. With painstaking accuracy, he trawled through archive film and recordings of voices to put together a ninety-minute film in colour. Using lip readers he gave soldiers voices which were until now were only seen in grainy black and white silence.
The film premiered on BBC2 last Sunday and was released in cinemas in October. It is truly mind-blowing to see and hear these people as though the film had been shot yesterday. No longer are they shadows on the wall of history, strangers from a distant land that doesn’t belong to us.
It has no agenda other than to bring the past to life in the way we expect to see the world today. From a purely historical and educational point of view, it is compelling viewing. It was over far too quickly time flew past watching this film and as the credits rolled we sat in silence. We were edified and traumatised. I urge you to watch it.
Peter Jackson has created a masterpiece and given a masterclass in documentary making. The trailer can be seen here.
It is worthy of ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
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