An epic documentary chronicling the extraordinary life of Kiwi filmmaker Colin McKenzie. Or is it? McKenzie's achievements included cinematic innovations involving steam power and eggs, and an unfinished biblical tale filmed on the West Coast. The first television screening of this Costa Botes/Peter Jackson production memorably stirred up New Zealand audiences. Forgotten Silver went on to screen at international film festivals in Cannes and Venice — where it won a special critics' prize. Among those bearing witness to this extraordinary story were Sam Neill and American Harvey Weinstein.
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, The Evening Post, 16 November 1995
Lone Pine Film & Television Productions
Made with funding from the NZ Film Commission and NZ On Air
Music composed by Plan 9 (Dave Donaldson, Janet Roddick, Stephen Roche).