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Peter Jackson's short films

Update #211125-021342-971000 is an addition of new title, an early short film by Peter Jackson. One would argue that is the only point of notoriety a short film with unknown survival status has and yet while addition of the title was approved all 5 listings for Jackson on it were declined with "Unable to verify", despite the source was attached as a miscellaneous link and in an explanation.

An even more puzzling situation is #211125-014557-625000, which expands information known on The Valley (1976). This is the only short by Jackson that was already on IMDb and its production was covered extensively in Good Taste Made Bad Taste (1988), a documentary watching which prompted and inspired me to add his short films on IMDb in the first place.  However addition of Jackson for visual effects and stop-motion animation was declined despite, said documentary not only tells, but also shows him fulfilling the parts via archival photographs. 

I can already tell that similar problems might arise in #211125-034653-062000, an addition update for The Dwarf Patrol (1971), which another short film of Jackson's and what is arguably his narrative short film debut. I understand that Jackson is very known director who has a recent title released on Disney+ (and that is probably why I never experienced problems like that with Sam Raimi and so never did other users who completed his early filmography) so there are probably some extra measures regarding protection of his filmography, however it still also needs to have his known earlier work, whihc apart from The Dwarf Patrol also includes World War Two (1973), Coldfinger (1977; aka James Bond), The Curse of the Grave Walker (1981; confirmed to be technically a feature film in Good Taste Made Bad Taste (1988), if an unfinished one) and Roast of the Day (1983; later expanded in Bad Taste). Existence of all five of the films  is very much confirmed by aforementioned documentary, which also shows excerpts of all four (likely the only availability we have as of now). Probably a tad vain on my part but I'd love to complete this small IMDb project of adding known (Good Taste Made Bad Taste (1988) explicitly mentions Bad Taste (1987) as twelvth film possibly excluding Roast from that count which makes for four unknown films in 1970-1983) early Jackson films until the year ends. 

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Update: The Dwarf Patrol (1971) (#211125-034653-062000) is now added too, but six out of seven (one is pending) listings for Peter Jackson are declined with "Unable to Verify". 

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