Man Bites Dog
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Peter Jackson discovers that his old neighbor is in fact the widow of Colin MacKenzie, a forgotten New Zealand innovator and unsung hero of auteur film. MacKenzie is an alleged pioneer of modern film and numerous film effects, like color, sound, and panning shot. However, incredibly bad luck, the industry’s strict rules, and ultimately his own madness, have erased him and his work from film primers. Jackson embarks on a search for the film set of his biblical epic Salome, located somewhere in New Zealand forests. Along the way, he interviews his influential colleagues and film professional like Leonard Maltin and Harvey Weinstein, trying to restore the glory of the disregarded genius.
Costa Botes won the Special Jury Award at the Celrmont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival for his film Stalin’s Sickle (1988). After his feature debut, Saving Grace (1998), he turns to documentaries. Peter Jackson is the most famous New Zealand director and author of The Lord of the Rings series.