Brother of pioneering aviator Jean Batten, Rotorua-born John Batten began acting in films while living in the United States. By the 1930s he was winning starring roles in England, including The Great Game and submarine drama Men Like This. Later he appeared in his only known New Zealand film, Rudall Hayward short Song of the Wanganui. Batten passed away in England in 1993.

Rotorua-born John Batten looked every inch the movie star - tall, dark and handsome. Incidentally, he was also aviator Jean Batten’s brother. Ngā Taonga website, May 2014

Song of the Wanganui

1961, As: Naval Officer - Short Film

For Those in Peril

1944, As: Wireless Officer - Film

The Church Mouse

1934, As: Geoffrey Steele - Film

As Good as New

1933, As: Tom - Film

Call Me Mame

1933, As: Gordon Roantree - Film

High Finance

1933, As: Tom - Film

Men Like These

1932, Actor - Film

The Wonderful Story

1932, As: John Martin - Film

The Great Game

1930, As: Dicky Brown - Film

The Love Waltz

1930, As: Bobby Fould - Film

Under the Greenwood Tree

1929, As: Dick Dewey - Film

The Battle of the Sexes

1928, As: the Friend - Film


1927, As: Eddie - Film

The Ten Commandments (First Version)

1923, Extra - Film