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.
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.– Costa Botes, in reply to angry newspaper correspondent, 16 Nov 1995 Evening Post
Title licensed by NZ Film Commission.
Music composed by Plan 9 (Dave Donaldson, Janet Roddick, Stephen Roche).