Animals

Discover the Amazing Story of Pioneering Chimpanzee Researcher Jane Goodall

A new cinema-release documentary, JANE, tells the astonishing story of the trailblazing British researcher.Thursday, 23 November 2017

By Jonathan Manning
David Greybeard was the first chimp to lose his fear of Jane, eventually coming to her camp to steal bananas and allowing Jane to touch and groom him. As the film JANE depicts, Jane and the other Gombe researchers later discontinued feeding and touching the wild chimps.

The career of naturalist and chimpanzee specialist Jane Goodall is one of the most inspiring and intriguing stories of 20th century research.

Passionate about animals from a young age, Valerie Jane Morris-Goodall was determined to study chimpanzees in Africa. She worked as a waitress to raise the funds for her travel to Kenya, sought the support of famous paleontologist Louis Leakey in Nairobi, and then headed to Tanzania to conduct fieldwork.

Jane formed a close bond with young Fifi.

She became famous when Miss Goodall and the Wild Chimpanzees, produced by National Geographic, came out in 1965. An estimated 25 million people in the USA alone tuned in to watch the programme. It was a ground-breaking film, at a time when women were typically discouraged from pursuing careers in science.

The new documentary, JANE, draws on over 100 hours of never-before-seen footage that has been tucked away in the National Geographic archives for over 50 years. It tells the story of Jane, a woman whose chimpanzee research challenged the male-dominated scientific consensus of her time and revolutionised our understanding of the natural world.

Watch a trailer for JANE

Set to a rich orchestral score from legendary composer Philip Glass, the film offers an unprecedented, intimate portrait of Jane Goodall — a trailblazer who defied the odds to become one of the world’s most admired conservationists.

Flint peeks into a tent at Jane Goodall.

JANE will have a cinema release in the UK, starting tomorrow. For more details on screenings, see below, or book tickets here.

FROM FRIDAY 24 NOVEMBER

London – Curzon Bloomsbury (DocHouse)

London – ICA

London – Picturehouse Central

Dublin – IFI

Dublin – Light House Cinema

Newcastle – Tyneside Cinema

 

FROM FRIDAY 1 DECEMBER

London – Gate Cinema

London – Genesis Mile End

London – Picturehouse Crouch End

Bristol – Watershed

Derby – Quad

Glasgow – Glasgow Film Theatre

Halifax – Square Chapel

 

FROM FRIDAY 8 DECEMBER

Leicester - Pheonix Cinema

Norwich – Cinema City

Somerset – Strode Theatre

 

FROM FRIDAY 15 DECEMBER

Lancaster – The Dukes

Northampton – Errol Flynn Filmhouse

Poole – Lighthouse

 

FROM FRIDAY 22 DECEMBER

Aberdeen – Belmont Filmhouse

Edinburgh – Edinburgh Filmhouse

Nottingham – Broadway Cinema

 

FROM FRIDAY 29 DECEMBER

London – JW3 

Aldeburgh – Aldeburgh Cinema

Chichester – Chichester Cinema at New Park

 

FROM FRIDAY 5 JANUARY

 Hebden Bridge – Hebden Bridge Picture House

Exeter – Phoenix Cinema

Regal Tenbury – The Regal Cinema

 

FROM FRIDAY 12 JANUARY

Hereford – Courtyard Cinema

 

FROM FRIDAY 19 JANUARY

Alnwick – Alnwick Playhouse

 

FROM FRIDAY 26 JANUARY

Stortford – Rhodes Art Complex

Saffron Walden – Saffron Screen

 

FROM FRIDAY 2 FEBRUARY

Dumfries – Robert Burns Film Theatre

 

FROM FRIDAY 16 FEBRUARY

Grimsby – Whitgift Film Theatre

 

FROM FRIDAY 2 MARCH

Letchworth – Broadway Cinema

 

FROM FRIDAY 23 MARCH

Chelmsford – Picturehouse Cramphorn

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