In the 1930s Kiwi-born pilot Jean Batten set off on a series of legendary solo flights. Jean is the tale of a charismatic, determined woman, the mother who stayed close, and the man curious to unravel the person behind the legend. At the 2017 NZ Television Awards, the ambitious telemovie made a clean sweep, including awards for Donna Malane and Paula Boock's script, director Rob Sarkies, lead actor Kate Elliott, and the design team. In the excerpt — which hints at the story's globetrotting sweep — Jean fights heat and storms while attempting to fly from England to Australia.
It's nice to have you back darling.– Ellen Batten (Miranda Harcourt) to her daughter Jean (Kate Elliott), after a flight
With thanks to Guy Clapshaw and Jan Chisum, whose generosity in supplying Jean's two aircraft doubles made this drama possible
Production supported by NZ On Air's Platinum Fund
Song 'Red Sails in the Sunset' composed by Wilhelm Grosz and Jimmy Kennedy, and sung by Eddie Gaiger