Fathom Events to screen Peter Jackson's World War I documentary
Fathom Events has partnered with Warner Bros. Pictures to bring Academy Award winner Peter Jackson’s World War I documentary They Shall Not Grow Old to movie theatres across the U.S. on Monday, December 17, with an encore presentation on Thursday, December 27. The film will be presented in 2D and RealD 3D.
Jackson recorded a special introduction to the film—which he has called his most personal—offering his perspective on why the film is important for audiences, who have never experienced WWI footage as anything but grainy black-and-white… and silent. The screening will be immediately followed by special content offering firsthand insights into the making of the documentary.
The film uses footage captured at the time, now presented as the world has never seen. By utilizing advanced restoration, colorization and 3D technologies, and pulling from 600 hours of BBC archival interviews, Jackson puts forth an immersive and experience through the eyes and voices of the British soldiers who lived it.
“We knew that partnering with Warner Bros. to bring this extraordinary documentary to U.S. audiences was essential,” said Fathom Events CEO Ray Nutt. “Putting this documentary on the big screen via the Fathom network will further illuminate Peter’s work and allow moviegoers to see the impressive visual detail of the restored footage as though they were a part of that moment in time.”
Carolyn Blackwood, president and chief content officer at New Line Cinema and executive producer of the “Hobbit” Trilogy stated, “This documentary is simply special on every level—it is an arresting and gripping way to humanize and honor those who served so bravely during World War I by using actual footage shot at the time and narrated with the voices of the soldiers who experienced it. Leave it to Peter to come up with a groundbreaking way to reflect back on a period in history that deserves another look.”
Jeff Goldstein, president of domestic distribution at Warner Bros. Pictures, said, “With this being the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day, I can’t imagine a more appropriate time to honor the courage of the soldiers who fought in World War I—what was then ‘the war to end all wars’—many of whom made the ultimate sacrifice. Peter has made history come alive through the medium of film, and we are so pleased to be a part of bringing his vision to today’s audiences.”
Tickets are on sale at www.FathomEvents.com and participating theatre box offices.