Peter Jackson Making World War I Feature Documentary

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"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," he says.

Director Peter Jackson (The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit) is making a documentary film about World War I that will premiere at the London Film Festival this fall and also air on the BBC.

The documentary, which doesn't have a title yet, will use original, archive footage from Britain's Imperial War Museums and audio from the BBC archives.

"The film will be broadcast on BBC One following a U.K.-wide premiere as part of the BFI London Film Festival in 2018," the filmmaker and his partners said Monday in unveiling the project. "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."

The doc was commissioned as part of the British commemorations of WWI, which started in 1914 and ended in 1918.

"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," Jackson said. "I wanted to find a way to bring new life to the stories of ordinary people living through extraordinary times."

A copy of the film will be given to every secondary school in Britain for the 2018 fall term. 

Said Charlotte Moore, director of BBC content: "The culmination of the BBC’s ambitious four years of programming to mark the World War One centenary is being honored on BBC One with the world premiere of a very special film from the highly acclaimed Peter Jackson that will bring unheard voices from a hundred years ago to life for a whole new generation to experience."