Australian Rules Football is perhaps the country’s most loved sport and in the lead up to another explosive grand finale this month, long-lost footage has been recovered and remastered. First played in 1859 in Melbourne, AFL has amassed to a division one league of 18 teams but the sport was once played among soldiers. To celebrate the history of AFL, Samsung has come together with the league to launch the Remastered series.
Showcasing lost footage of the Men’s WWI exhibition played in London in 1916 as well as the Women’s matches played immediately following WWII, in 1947 the collaborative dup have transformed historic film from black-and-white to colour. Using the artificial intelligence Generative Adversarial Network (GAN), the process was able to achieve accurate colourisation and bring to life the early era of AFL.
Played back on the Samsung QLED 8K – known to provide additional depth and detail – the first episode of the series focuses on Australian Diggers who brought the unique sport to the international stage for the first time. In 1916, London was home to several military hospitals and training grounds where Australian diggers found refuge from the Great War. Bulldogs star Easton Wood and author of The Game of their Lives Nick Richardson watched the remastered footage of the game on Samsung’s QLED 8K television, providing commentary. The second episode brings to life past generations of women’s football.
View the extraordinary footage below and for more information, visit the website here.