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  1. A full length documentary.


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.


A director's perspective by Costa Botes 27.10.2012

I originally conceived the idea for Forgotten Silver around 1990 and sketched out most of the main sequences and narrative threads. About a year later, I mentioned it ...

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 Colin McKenzie
 Costa Botes
 Peter Jackson

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 Michael Morrissey

Michael Morrissey

A wonderful account of a most brilliant film - arguably the most brilliant film made in New Zealand. See my appreciative essay-blog at

 Christine Hart

Christine Hart

Loved it.


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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!