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Jane (2017)

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Jane is a National Geographic documentary, produced by National Geographic Studios. This is a "one-off" doc, that's about 90-minutes in length.

 

Jane is currently streaming on Netflix in selected countries, and can be seen in theatres in select cities.

 

The spoken language is English, and Netflix offers dubbing and/or subtitles in several other languages. There may be more language options available in your area.

 

Jane is rated PG.  This series contains mild coarse language and situations.

 

Jane, in short, is a fantastic Emmy Award winning documentary featuring primatologist Dr. Jane Goodall and some rare film-footage shot throughout her years studying chimpanzees in the wild.

Jane Goodall in a screenshot from the 2017 documentary Jane

Jane Goodall in a screenshot from the 2017 documentary Jane. We've all seen this famous shot before. (Source: National Geographic)

the opinion:

What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the word chimpanzees?

 

Planet of the Apes😉

 

I know, right? But, no, that’s wrong. And if you read more National Geographic you’d know on how many levels that answer is wrong (but kudos for a shout-out to the move franchise, though! 👍).

 

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For me, the first thing that comes to mind is Jane Goodall, or, when I was a kid, “the crazy monkey lady.”

 

Nearly everything we know about chimps today is largely because of the many Dr. Jane Goodall books and papers published over the last 50-or-so years.

 

way back in my day...

A chimp's need for touch and reassurance, just like humans, was one of many Jane Goodall discoveries

A chimp's need for touch and reassurance, just like humans, was one of many Jane Goodall discoveries. (Source: National Geographic)

As a boy I fondly remember reading National Geographic for both recreational, and required study in school. I was particularly interested in the months that featured simians (or the Space Shuttle…weird spectrum, I know).

 

So I was as tickled as a tickled chimp when I noticed Netflix was streaming Jane, the fantastic National Geographic documentary about primatologist Jane Goodall.

 

100’s of hours of never-seen-before footage is used to make up most of the visuals that you see in Jane. Some a little shaky, and some not as crisp and clear like the shots of today, but all very fascinating none-the-less.

 

a family that chimps together...

Jane Goodall & son, Hugo Eric Louis van Lawick, in a screenshot from the 2017 documentary Jane

Jane Goodall & son, Hugo Eric Louis van Lawick, in a screenshot from the 2017 documentary Jane. (Source: National Geographic)

Director Brett Morgen, who won an Emmy Award for this doc, masterfully pieces together new interviews with Goodall, and beautifully shot archival footage, to give us 90-minutes worth of solid info-tainment.

 

Goodall, and her then husband, Nat Geo cinematographer Hugo van Lawick (still widely considered to be the best ever wildlife cinematographer 16-years after his death) are seen extensively throughout. Their son, affectionately called “Grub”, who was very much a part of his parents’ lives during their years in Africa, also takes part in the film.

 

so what i'm saying is this...

Jane Goodall in a screenshot from the 2017 documentary Jane

Jane Goodall in a screenshot from the 2017 documentary Jane. (Source: National Geographic)

The documentary gives us the opportunity for a more behind-the-scenes look at how Jane Goodall and her team studied our distant relatives. It’s less what was learned, and more how it was learned.

 

check out the film's trailer

 

Dr. Goodall discusses her career and life at great length, and supplies the film’s narration. She often reads from her personal notes and journals penned while living in the wild with the chimps. We come to learn, how she came to learn, what most of us know about chimps today.

 

I can say with confidence, that after you see Jane, from that day forward when asked, “what’s the first thing that comes to mind when one says chimpanzee?”, your answer won’t be Planet of the Apes. 👌- Nick Runyeard

 

doc & technical details

 CURRENT STATUS:

streaming on Netflix in select countries

 GENRES:

documentary / biography

 CONTENT RATING:

TV PG

 WRITER:

Brett Morgen, Jane Goodall

 DIRECTOR:

Brett Morgen

 🍿 TOTAL BINGE TIME:

1h 30mins

 ASPECT RATIO:

2.00 : 1

 SOUND MIX:

Dolby Digital

 ORIGINAL LANGUAGE:

English (various subtitle & alternate language dubbing also available)

 CAMERA:

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 PROCESS:

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business details

 PRODUCTION:

National Geographic Studios / Public Road Productions

 DISTRIBUTION:

Abramorama / Netflix / National Geographic Channel / Mindjazz Pictures / Periscoop Film

 RELEASE DATES:

5 Oct. 2017

 PRODUCTION BUDGET:

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worth noting

 AWARDS:

- 🏆 WON, Primetime Emmy
Outstanding Cinematography for a Nonfiction Program (2018)
Hugo Van Lawick (archival photography)
Ellen Kuras (director of photography) National Geographic Channel
 
- 🏆 WON, Primetime Emmy
Outstanding Directing for Nonfiction Programming (2018)
Brett Morgen

- Another 31 wins & 35 nominations

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Jane features Jane Goodall, Hugo Van Lawick, Hugo Eric Lewis van Lawick, and more!

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I used to be the guy who did that thing on the show you never heard of. Now I'm Head Nincompoop here, writing about binge-watching.

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