THEY SHALL NOT GROW OLD (15)

18:00 – 21:00 FRI 09 NOV

ORKNEY THEATRE

99 MINS

Directed by: Peter Jackson

FREE EVENT. Tickets are free and available from KGS reception and the Orkney Library and Archive.

Peter Jackson’s new film THEY SHALL NOT GROW OLD will be shown in the Orkney Theatre, with a 6pm start. This will be followed by a PEACE TEA, which will be an opportunity to commemorate the end of the war, as it would have been 100 years ago. We invite you to share stories, listen to music and poetry, all whilst enjoying tea and cake.
Tickets are free and will be available to collect from KGS reception and the Orkney Library and Archive from 15 October.

Raffle tickets will be available on the night, with the money raised being split between Poppy Scotland and the KGS WWI Battlefields Trip.

Employing state-of-the-art technology to transform audio and moving image archive footage more than a century old, Jackson brings to life the people who can best tell this story: the men who were there.

Driven by a personal interest in the conflict, Jackson set out to explore the day-to-day experience of its combatants. Immersed for months in the BBC and Imperial War Museum archives, Jackson created narratives and strategies regarding how this story should be told. Using only the voices of those involved, the film explores the reality of war on the front line: their attitudes to the conflict; how they ate, rested and formed friendships in those moments between battles; as well as their hopes and dreams for the future. Each frame of the film has been hand-colourised by Jackson’s team, the footage transformed with modern post-production techniques, enabling these soldiers to walk and talk among us. Reaching into the mists of time, Jackson has aimed to give these men voices, investigate the hopes and fears of these veterans that survived and were able to tell their stories, and detail the humility and humanity of those who represented a generation forever changed by the destruction of a global war.