27 Mar 2016

Jean Batten on stage

From Standing Room Only, 12:42 pm on 27 March 2016

New Zealand's legendary aviatrix Jean Batten remains something of a mystery despite her many well-documented achievements in the air.  She made the first-ever solo flight from England to New Zealand, setting a record that stood for 44 years. She was fiercely private, yet one of the most famous Kiwis of her time - brave but not reckless, and forging a new path for women while still being patronised. Lynn Freeman talks to Auckland scriptwriter Phil Ormsby and actress Alex Ellis who are portraying her on stage, calling it a celebration of an independent woman who pursued her ambition with unqualified success.