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Readings from the poems of James K Baxter trace the poet's life through its various New Zealand locations, and provide a biographical voice in this film by Bruce Morrison (co-written with Dr Paul Millar). Baxter's family and friends discuss the man and his work, and the readings and beautifully shot landscapes fill in the gaps. The film won Best Documentary at the 1998 Film and TV Awards. The opening montage, describing "the chugging noise of masturbation from the bedrooms of the bourgeois" of Auckland, is seminal Baxter.

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 Paul Millar
 Bruce Morrison
 William Grieve

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Comments (4)

 Mark Laurent

Mark Laurent

I've just been reading The Life of JKB by Frank MacKay & it's great to be able to see this footage & hear his work out loud while seeing images of the places that inspired it. Thanks.

 Jo dean

Jo dean

Can anyone help please - I need to buy a copy of The road to jerusalem documentary ASAP and cant find it- Where can I purchase it in Nz?

 Jill Brooks

Jill Brooks

moving - helped me see NZ on air that's for sure. I can see why it won Best Documentary. Thanks

 Jacqui Fitzgerald

Jacqui Fitzgerald

Such a powerful testimony of the life and work of JKB, for me it brings the amn, oiet and his work alive once again.

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1998 TV Guide Television Awards
Best Director, Factual Programme/Documentary (Bruce Morrison)
Best Editing (Ken Sparks)