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Forgotten Silver (1995)

The film deals with the career of a supposedly forgotten pioneer of international cinema, Colin McKenzie, who was allegedly born in rural New Zealand in 1888.

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Cast overview:
Narrator (voice)
Costa Botes ...
Himself - Film Maker
Marguerite Hurst ...
Himself - Film Historian
Johnny Morris ...
Himself - Film Archivist (as Jonathon Morris)
Himself - Actor & Director
John O'Shea ...
Lindsay Shelton ...
Himself - Miramax Films


Forgotten Silver is a mockumentary which details the prodigious life of "lost" filmmaker Colin McKenzie and his incredible advances that were lost to history...until now. This supergenius filmmaker, posthumously inducted into the pantheon of cinema greats, made incredible advances in filmmaking technology, supposedly making a talkie in 1908 and using color film in 1911, but madness and poverty and the usual industry tolls drove him into obscurity. Written by karina <KtheCrtitic@aol.com>

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Release Date:

3 October 1997 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Colin McKenzie  »

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Box Office


$650,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,740, 3 October 1997

Gross USA:

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1.66 : 1
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Did You Know?


According to the DVD commentary by Costa Botes, he wanted to put the real credits at the end, but Peter Jackson wanted to "keep with the lie", so most of the end credits are fake. But, the real actors who play the "fake real people" are credited with their real names in "For their generous assistance with research thanks to". See more »


Colin's synchronized sound film is supposed to have been released in 1908. If we are to believe that it was the first film to feature synchronized sound, we would have to discard the lesser known, but still earlier work of Arthur Gilbert and John Morland, and others, who had all produced and exhibited sound films at earlier dates. See more »

Crazy Credits

The hoax of this film is carried on into the credits. Cast members Beatrice Ashton (Hannah McKenzie) and Sarah McLeod (Mae Belle) are credited as Research Assistants. Other bit players are credited as research assistants, production advisers, and are otherwise given phony credits. See more »


Spoofs Battleship Potemkin (1925) See more »

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A wonderful movie about the movies
10 June 1999 | by See all my reviews

This film could've been made only by someone with a deep love of cinema : an homage to movies, coming from the heart. It's just too bad that Colin McKenzie didn't live to see his work being appreciated ...

Come to tink of it: it's just too bad that Colin didn't live at all. What a loss!

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