Sir Peter Jackson

September 2015

From the world of hobbits to World War I

Filmmaker, Sir Peter Jackson, responsible for the world renowned Lord of the Rings and Hobbit trilogies, has used his extraordinary talents to bring the First World War into the modern day with The Great War Exhibition.

As an avid WWI buff, he’s taken his passion and interest collecting in WWI memorabilia to a whole new level to help commemorate the centenary of the First World War.

“We banned black and white at the exhibition, so the 100 years melts away.”

Sir Peter has brought all his filmmaking expertise to bear many of us our first real look into life way back then. What were once distant memories, passed-on stories and old black and white photos, are now a full-colour, living experience that surpasses the restraints of the big screen.

“For a moment, it gives you a sense of what it was like to actually be there at the time.”

Most of us know of WWI, especially the infamous landing at what we now know of as Anzac Cove on the Gallipoli peninsula. But what Sir Peter has created through the Exhibition is a way for the people of today to truly understand how New Zealand forged its place in the world. To connect back to a time when many of our brave soldiers did our nation proud, including Sir Peter’s grandfather and great-uncles.

Sir Peter’s ability to capture people’s imagination is what makes him an inspiration to the world. A modern day pioneer who collaborates with the world’s best. And in this instance, hundreds of inspired volunteers who helped meticulously craft the fine details of this epic Exhibition.

Plan your visit to Sir Peter Jackson’s ‘The Great War Exhibition’ on now at Wellington’s Dominion Museum.