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An epic documentary chronicling the extraordinary, unbelievable life of pioneer Kiwi filmmaker Colin McKenzie. Or is it? The first clue that none of this story is true is that the film begins (the opening 10 minutes is excerpted here) with Peter Jackson leading the viewer down a garden path. Much that is absurd and unlikely follows, leading to a curiously emotional climax. The screening of Forgotten Silver memorably stirred up NZ audiences, and it screened at international film festivals such as Cannes and Venice, where it won a special critics' prize.


A director's perspective by Costa Botes 22.08.2008

I originally conceived this idea around 1990 and sketched out most of the main sequences and narrative threads. About a year later, I mentioned it to Peter Jackson, and he was keen to get ...

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 Costa Botes
 Peter Jackson
 Colin McKenzie

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I remember the screening of this and the reactions vividly- it took me about half way through to absolutely sure I was being drawn along by the nose, but I couldn't believe anyone would be taken in completely- there were so many deliberate clues! And people were so cross at being taken in - hilarious.



Wow, great! Thanks Paul

 Paul Ward

Paul Ward | website

Actually you can buy Forgotten Silver in NZ, from the filmmaker himself - it's available in Costa Botes' DVD Store (it includes the Behind the Bull 'making-of' doco as well):



Thanks Sarah

 Sarah Harpur

Sarah Harpur

Hi Jodie, I have looked elsewhere and unfortunately Amazon does seem like the only place you can get it!

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The art of storytelling is the art of spinning a convincing lie. I'm not going to apologise for doing my job well. If Forgotten Silver causes people never to take anything from the media at face value, so much the better. 


1997 Fantasporto International Festival of Cinema (Portugal)
Audience Jury Award

1996 Venice Film Festival
Critics Prize

1996 TV Guide New Zealand Film and Television Awards
Best Director - Drama/Comedy: Peter Jackson and Costa Botes
Camera: Alun Bollinger and Gerry Vasbenter
Soundtrack: Sam Negri, Craig Tomlinson and Mike Hedges
Contribution to Design: Richard Taylor, Matt Aitken and Karl Weggerhoff
Nominated for Best Score: Plan 9