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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

Cast overview:
Jeffrey Thomas ... Narrator (voice)
Costa Botes Costa Botes ... Himself - Film Maker
Marguerite Hurst Marguerite Hurst ... Herself
Peter Jackson ... Himself
Leonard Maltin ... Himself - Film Historian
Johnny Morris Johnny Morris ... Himself - Film Archivist (as Jonathon Morris)
Sam Neill ... Himself - Actor & Director
John O'Shea John O'Shea ... Himself
Lindsay Shelton Lindsay Shelton ... Himself
Harvey Weinstein ... Himself - Miramax Films
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Storyline

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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Comedy

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Country:

New Zealand

Language:

English | Cantonese

Release Date:

3 October 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Colin McKenzie See more »

Filming Locations:

New Zealand

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Box Office

Budget:

$650,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,740, 5 October 1997

Gross USA:

$26,459

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$26,459
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Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

The narration asserts that Brooke McKenzie's footage of Galipoli is the only surviving footage of the battle (the joke being that no actual footage exists). However, real footage of Allied troops and trench combat does survive and has appeared in documentaries such as The First World War (2003). See more »

Goofs

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

Archive Footage Courtecy of The Colin McKenzie Trust See more »

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Fabulous hoax
21 August 2005 | by tomimtSee all my reviews

Peter Jackson and Costa Boeates decided to make this great mockumentary about a man called Colin McKenzie, a man who invented such things as color film, audio film and above all, made the first full length feature movie.

Apparently it was quite a successful hoax in New Zealand, people really did buy it. And I really can't blame them, as most of the fabricated film material really looks like almost hundred years old, almost destroyed film.

And there are some very convincing famous film people, like Sam Neil, telling their knowledge of this McKenzie.

Even the tone of the film isn't actually very funny, even thought there are some things in it that are so absurd, that they make you laugh.

Over all well made mockumentary.


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