They Shall Not Grow Old + talk by Professor Michael Bull

Remembering World War One through Film and Personal Narratives – Professor Michael Bull, University of Sussex

In an illustrated talk, Professor Michael Bull, an expert in Sound Studies, will be discussing themes from his forthcoming book, Reinterpreting the Sounds of World War One, exploring the desire of many films to take the viewer closer to the authentic nature and experiences of the first World War, questioning the ability of film’s ability to deliver this. In doing so, the talk asks: what are the meanings attached to remembering WWI?

Following this will be a screening of Peter Jackson’s critically-acclaimed They Shall Not Grow Old. Employing state-of-the-art technology to transform audio and moving image archive footage from the BBC and the Imperial War Museum that’s more than a century old, Jackson brings to life the people who can best tell the story of World War I: the men who were there. Driven by a personal interest in the conflict, Jackson sets out to explore the day-to-day experience of its combatants.

“So dazzlingly transformative is the restoration of this footage that it may as well be the product of a movie shoot” – Guy Lodge, Variety

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