News for Apr. 26, 2005

Jackson restores 1915 Gallipoli film

4/26/05, 6:11 pm EST - Xoanon

Peter Jackson's cutting-edge, hi-tech film-making used to great effect on The Lord of the Rings and King Kong has been employed to restore the only film taken of the Anzacs at Gallipoli in 1915. The Sydney Morning Herald reported on Anzac Day that the restored film held by the Australian War Memorial in Canberra was as good as when it first screened in London in 1916. The 20 minutes of footage included soldiers from the Wellington Battalion in a trench. The original nitrate film was destroyed in 1967, and the best print that remained was scratched, fuzzy and low in contrast. [More]