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Jean Batten - The Garbo of the Skies Television – 1988 Documentary

Jean Batten - The Garbo of the Skies

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In the 1930s aviatrix Jean Batten broke solo distance flying records and achieved international fame. Directed by her biographer, Ian Mackersey, Garbo of the Skies chronicles Batten's life through archive footage, interviews, narration from her unpublished memoirs and reconstructions of her epic flights. The film also reveals a lonely private world: a domineering mother, romantic tragedy, an itinerant fall into obscurity, and death in a Majorcan hotel (a mystery solved by research for the film). It screened on TVNZ, and sold to Discovery Channel and the BBC.

Key Cast & Crew

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Ian Mackersey

Writer, Director, Producer

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Seaton Richards

Sound

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Peter Novell

Sound

A great woman ... but perhaps a sad human being in many ways.
– Beth Jacobs, widow of a Jamaican doctor who treated Batten