DIRECTOR: BRETT MORGEN
US / 2017
SUNDAY 2:30PM / CINEMA 4
RUNNING TIME: 90 MINS
unique, captivating, inspiring … one of the best documentaries of the year.
In 1960, a young British woman with no scientific background was chosen to undertake research on chimpanzees in Gombe, Tanzania. It was a project that would radically change our thinking on primate behaviour – and make us realise how similar we and they are. Jane Goodall is as poised, articulate and engaging in her 80s as she was in her fearless 20s, living alongside animals who, as director Morgen bluntly points out, could have ripped her face off. This fascinating portrait of the woman and her work draws from 140 hours of extraordinary rediscovered 16mm. film from the National Geographic archive. The colour-saturated footage has a lush, heightened quality, which is complemented by a tumbling score by Philip Glass. Jane provides real insight into a personality whose life has been lived on the edge.