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Release Date:
3 October 1997 (USA) See more »
Forgotten Silver is a mockumentary which details the prodigious life of "lost" filmmaker Colin McKenzie... See more » | Add synopsis »
2 wins & 1 nomination See more »
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What is real anyway? See more (49 total) »


  (in credits order)

Jeffrey Thomas ... Narrator (voice)
Costa Botes ... Himself - Film Maker
Marguerite Hurst ... Herself

Peter Jackson ... Himself

Leonard Maltin ... Himself - Film Historian
Johnny Morris ... Himself - Film Archivist (as Jonathon Morris)

Sam Neill ... Himself - Actor / Director
John O'Shea ... Himself
Lindsay Shelton ... Himself

Harvey Weinstein ... Himself - Miramax Films
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Beatrice Ashton ... Hannah McKenzie (uncredited)
Peter Corrigan ... Stan the Man (uncredited)
Julie Holmes ... Market girl Extra (uncredited)
Charlie McClellan ... Soldier firing machine gun in Gallipolli (uncredited)

Sarah McLeod ... May Belle (uncredited)
George Port ... Undertermined role (uncredited)
Thomas Robins ... Colin McKenzie (uncredited)
Richard Shirtcliffe ... Brooke McKenzie (uncredited)

Richard Taylor ... First Aviator (uncredited)
Gallina Thurshead ... Undertermined role (uncredited)
Davina Whitehouse ... Herself (uncredited)

Directed by
Costa Botes 
Peter Jackson 
Writing credits
Costa Botes (written by) &
Peter Jackson (written by)

Produced by
Caterina De Nave .... executive producer
Peter Jackson .... executive producer
Sue Rogers .... producer
Jamie Selkirk .... executive producer
Original Music by
Duncan Davidson 
David Donaldson 
Plan 9 
Steve Roche 
Janet Roddick 
Cinematography by
Alun Bollinger 
Gerry Vasbenter 
Film Editing by
Eric De Beus 
Michael Horton 
Production Design by
John Girdlestone 
Production Management
Anna Cahill .... unit manager
Ross A. Chambers .... post-production supervisor
Jan Haynes .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Bryce Campbell .... second assistant director
Martin Walsh .... first assistant director (as Marty Walsh)
Art Department
Scott Harens .... model maker
Troy Stephens .... scenic artist
Sound Department
Phillipe Berrero .... sound recordist: US
Ross A. Chambers .... executive post-production supervisor
Sam Negri .... sound
Ken Saville .... sound operator
Visual Effects by
Matt Aitken .... digital effects
Nick Booth .... researcher
Frank Wegerhoff .... digital effects artist
Peter Hassall .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Rachel Anderson .... clapper loader
Conrad Bollinger .... lighting trainee
Adrian Hebron .... lighting assistant
Terry Joosten .... grip
Dean McCarroll .... assistant camera
Gerald Morse .... gaffer
Sean O'Donnell .... additional photographer
Mike Rathbone .... additional photographer
Nancy Schreiber .... camera operator: USA
Nancy Schreiber .... director of photography: additional photography
Nancy Schreiber .... lighting: USA
Gerry Vasbenter .... focus puller
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Bev Hinchey .... costume researcher
Music Department
Duncan Davidson .... musician: celtic flute
Other crew
Sheryl Adie .... field worker
Karl Anton .... archaeological advisor
Beatrice Ashton .... generous assistance with research
Wynter Blathwayt .... title designer
Nick Booth .... production runner
Nick Booth .... researcher
Chris Coad .... restoration: archive stills
Peter Corrigan .... generous assistance with research
James Delany .... field worker
Kareen Donaldson .... field worker
Kerry Dunne .... archaeological advisor
Caroline Girdlestone .... field worker
Kevin Godkin .... military advisor
Billy Gordon .... field worker
Vance Hartwell .... puppeteer
Peter Hassall .... military advisor
Gillie Hastie .... field worker
Mike Heffernan .... archaeological advisor
Jo Hiles .... production coordinator
Trent Hiles .... unit assistant
Coralie Hoskins .... field worker
Clint Ingram .... military advisor
Steve Ingram .... military advisor
Linda Klein-Nixon .... production accountant
Shirley Langdon .... assistant: Bev Hinchey
Charlie McClellan .... post production supervisor
Shannon McIntosh .... coordinator: USA
Sarah McLeod .... generous assistance with research
Johno Morton .... archaeological advisor
Ed Mulholand .... archaeological advisor
Liz Mullane .... genealogical researcher
George Port .... generous assistance with research
Darryl Richards .... military advisor
Thomas Robins .... generous assistance with research
Richard Shirtcliffe .... generous assistance with research
Jeanne Stuart .... production assistant
Gallina Thurshead .... generous assistance with research
Giovanni Tomillo .... military advisor
Chris Ulusele .... field worker
Bryan Wakelin .... archaeological advisor (as Brian Wakelin)
Fran Walsh .... script consultant (as Frances Walsh)
Fran Walsh .... script supervisor (as Frances Walsh)
Andy Wickens .... laboratory technician
Norman Willerton .... archaeological advisor
Tony Woolf .... military advisor (as Tony Wolf)
Ray Ahepine-Mercer .... thanks
Jan Beiringa .... thanks
Luit Beiringa .... thanks
Jim Booth .... thanks
Rachel Bullock .... thanks
David Dascoigne .... thanks
Andrew Downes .... thanks
Peter Edwards .... thanks
Stevan Eldred-Grigg .... thanks
Patrick Fenlon .... thanks
Bill Gosden .... thanks
Marguerite Hurst .... special thanks
Lynne Jones .... thanks
Raybon Kan .... thanks
David Lewis .... thanks
Denise Liddle .... thanks
Fiona Malcolm .... thanks
Leonard Maltin .... special thanks
Johnny Morris .... special thanks
Sam Neill .... special thanks
Michael Nicholson .... thanks
John O'Shea .... special thanks
Gordon Ogilvy .... acknowledgment: archive stills courtesy of
Janet Paul .... thanks
Gaylene Preston .... thanks
Rei Rakatau .... thanks
Christian Rivers .... thanks
Geoff Rodliffe .... acknowledgment: archive stills courtesy of
Lindsay Shelton .... special thanks
Norman Taylor .... thanks
Leung Chan Tong .... thanks
Pierre Vinet .... thanks
Ian Wards .... thanks
Harvey Weinstein .... special thanks
Lena Wilson-Stewart .... acknowledgment: archive stills courtesy of

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Colin McKenzie" - Japan (English title)
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53 min | USA:70 min (DVD)
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
Filming Locations:

Did You Know?

A wide shot from the climactic moments of "Salome" supposedly cost so much that it amounted to half the film's budget. The shot comprised dozens of extras and extensive digital compositing and engineering.See more »
Revealing mistakes: When the archeological group is digging their way through the brush, a concrete pillar is visible in the background. When some foliage brushes against it, it clearly wobbles, revealing it to not be made of concrete after all.See more »
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18 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
What is real anyway?, 16 December 2004
Author: Chris Peterson from A loungeroom in Melbourne

Documentary is all about taking real life and shaping it into a story. 'Forgotten Silver' suggests that real part doesn't even have to be real, as long as the story's good.

I watched this again tonight - probably the 4th or 5th time I've seen it since it was first screened as an (allegedly) true doco back in 1996. Despite knowing the whole thing was cod, I was quite surprised to find tears in my eyes as NZ pioneer film-maker Colin McKenzie accidentally filmed his own death in Spain, so drawn was I into the story.

Once you strip away the hype over the hoax factor, what's left is just a great story about a struggling film maker facing and almost overcoming insurmountable obstacles to create a work of mad genius. Anyone expecting belly laughs from 'Forgotten Silver' is probably going to be disappointed, because viewed as a story, this isn't a comedy - it's a tragedy. It's no wonder so many people were sucked into believing it when it first screened - the Colin McKenzie saga has an emotional depth which is heartbreaking.

Bonus points for a brilliant musical score, some superb technical effects (especially the corroded, bubbling, self-destructing nitrate film; most filmmakers would have settled for a couple of cliché tramlines to make the footage look old), and the gorgeous Thomas Robbins as Colin McKenzie.

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