For Peters fifth film he collaborated with Costa Botes (from Bad Taste) to
make this mockumentary on the supposed founder of the New Zealand filmindustry, Colin
In the documentary, the man was shown
to have experimented with colour, developed sound, constructed the mobile camera, and even
filmed a man flying an aeroplane before the Wright Brothers flew, when it was all just an
It is a hilarious look at the film industry in a documentary style that
has many reputable people like Sam Neill, Harvey Weinstien, Leonard Maltin. It even has
Peter Jackson himself, supported the evidence.
When it was screened in New Zealand, it managed to fool half the
population, thus being one of Jackson's favourite triumphs.
Forgotten Silver is a highly entertaining mockumentary that documents
the life and work of pioneer New Zealand film maker, Colin McKenzie. It also follows the
equally fascinating contemporary story of how the work of this forgotten genius was
brought to life. At fifty minutes it stars Sam Neill, Leonard Maltin and Harvey Weinstein
who add authenticity to this "hoax".
WHAT THE CRITICS HAD TO SAY
Uplifting, inspirational- and the hoax of the year!" - Clive Lind,
I laughed and gouged on the fantasy, wanting more outrageous facts to
emerge." - Roger Moroney. Daily Telegraph