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Broken Journey - The Life and Art of JC Sturm

Television (Full Length) – 2007

JC Sturm (also known as Jacquie Baxter) was an author and poet whose career was overshadowed by her famous spouse, and societal forces that sidelined women writers — especially Māori writers. Mixing English and te reo, this documentary follows Sturm from her 1927 birth in Ōpunake to her renaissance as a writer, which marked the 'missing link' between an old New Zealand literary tradition and a new Māori voice. Sturm talks about struggling to break through as a Māori woman fostered by Pākehā and living in that system. Witi Ihimaera calls her late acclaim an "accident of timing", as she was an early pioneer.

One thing that I learnt during this period was never mind about the facts; it's how you felt about what happened...it's an emotional memory that you're using.
– JC Sturm on her family's time in India in the early 1960s

Key Cast & Crew

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John Martin


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Jim Scott

Writer, Editor

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Witi Ihimaera


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Jamie Tuuta

Narrator, Translator

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Huia Lambie


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Ainsley Gardiner

Executive Producer

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Produced by

Tim Rose


Jim Scott