First World War Sights and Sounds

BY STEPHEN GROENEWEGEN

To mark the centenary of Armistice Day 1918, and the end of the First World War, the NFSA is screening They Shall Not Grow Old, a new documentary by Peter Jackson (The Lord of the Rings):

Peter Jackson gained unprecedented access to the extensive archive of the Imperial War Museums in London. His team colourised and restored the black-and-white footage, converted it to 3D and incorporated audio interviews with servicemen who fought, to tell the story of life on the front line.

Our 11 November screening of They Shall Not Grow Old is now booked out but the documentary is expected to have further screenings around Australia.

From Gallipoli to the Home Front

You can find many more sights and sounds from the time of the First World War on our website.

Above is a trailer for The Digger Carries On (1919), one of hundreds of clips we supplied in ultra-high definition (4K) for the opening of the Sir John Monash Centre in France. Watch the full version of the film.

Watch clips of the Anzac Cove centenary commemoration in 2015 and the 2002 state funeral for the last Gallipoli veteran from our Television News and Current Affairs collection.

The NFSA produced four short trailers with narration by Bryan Brown for the Anzac centenary in 2015, drawing on footage and stills from our collection.

Also on our website, you can explore curated collections focusing on the Gallipoli Campaign, Life on the Home Front, Wartime Moviegoing, First World War Popular Music and the satirical animations of 1910s political cartoonist Harry Julius.

Finally, you can visit AnzacSightSound.org, a website with original film footage, recorded interviews and print materials documenting the Anzac experience of the war, on the homefront in Australia and New Zealand, and on the battlefront in Europe. That website is a partnership between the NFSA and Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision, the New Zealand Archive of Film, Television and Sound.