When Forgotten Silver — the story of pioneer filmmaker Colin McKenzie — unspooled on 29th October 1995, in a Sunday TV slot normally reserved for drama, many believed the fable was fact. Controversy ensued as a public reacted (indignant, thrilled) to having the wool pulled over their eyes. Costa Botes, who originated the mockumentary, later made this doco, looking at the construction of McKenzie's epic, tragic, yet increasingly ridiculous story. He interviews co-conspirator Peter Jackson and other pranksters, and they muse on the film's priceless impact.
I think it's bloody disgusting that TVNZ could show this appalling, deceptive programme. I want to come around around and put a brick through your window!– A reactionary viewer
Available on the Forgotten Silver DVD from Costa Botes' DVD store.
The copyright for this title is held by Lone Pine Film & Television Productions Ltd.