Jane (2017 film)

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Theatrical release poster
Directed byBrett Morgen
Produced by
Written byBrett Morgen
StarringJane Goodall
Music byPhilip Glass
CinematographyEllen Kuras
Edited byJoe Beshenkovsky
  • National Geographic Studios
  • Public Road Productions
Distributed byAbramorama
Release date
  • September 10, 2017 (2017-09-10) (TIFF)
  • October 20, 2017 (2017-10-20) (United States)
Running time
90 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$1.8 million[1]

Jane is a 2017 American biographical documentary film directed and written by Brett Morgen about primatologist, ethologist, and anthropologist Jane Goodall.[2][3][4][5][6][7][8][9]

The film had its world premiere at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival at Winter Garden Theatre on September 10, 2017.[10]


Jane Goodall, a young and untrained woman, challenges the male dominated scientific consensus of her time with her chimpanzee research and revolutionizes people's understanding of the natural world [11]


Critical reception[edit]

On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 98% based on 93 reviews, and an average rating of 8.4/10. The website's critical consensus reads, "Jane honors its subject's legacy with an absorbing, beautifully filmed, and overall enlightening look at her decades of invaluable work."[12] On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 87 out of 100, based on 24 critics, indicating "universal acclaim".[13]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award/Festival Category Nominee(s) Result
25th Hamptons International Film Festival Zelda Penzel “Giving Voice to the Voiceless” Award
Brett Morgen
61st BFI London Film Festival The Grierson Award for Best Documentary Nominated
26th Philadelphia Film Festival Student Choice Award Won
2nd Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards[14][15] Best Documentary Won
8th Hollywood Music in Media Awards[16] Original Score – Documentary
Philip Glass
31st Leeds International Film Festival Audience Award – Cinema Versa
Brett Morgen
89th National Board of Review Awards Best Documentary Film Won
43rd Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards Best Documentary Film Nominated
30th International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam IDFA Audience Award Nominated
16th Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Awards Best Documentary Won
11th Cinema Eye Honors[17] Cinema Eye Audience Choice Prize Won
Outstanding Achievement in Editing
Joe Beshenkovsky
Outstanding Achievement in Original Music Score
Philip Glass
The Unforgettables
Jane Goodall
Cinema For Peace Awards International Green Film Award
29th Producers Guild of America Awards Outstanding Producer of Documentary Theatrical Motion Pictures
2018 70th Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards[18][19] Outstanding Cinematography for a Nonfiction Program
Ellen Kuras and Hugo Van Lawick
Outstanding Directing for a Documentary/Nonfiction Program
Brett Morgen
Outstanding Sound Editing for Nonfiction Programming Warren Shaw, Joshua Paul Johnson, Odin Benitez, Peter Staubli, Will Digby, Suzana Peric, Tara Blume Nominated
Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Nonfiction Program David E. Fluhr, Marc Fishman, Lee Smith, Derek Lee Nominated
Outstanding Picture Editing For A Nonfiction Program Joe Beshenkovsky, Brett Morgen, Editor Will Znidaric, Editor Nominated
Exceptional Merit In Documentary Filmmaking Brett Morgen, Bryan Burk, James Smith, Tim Pastore Nominated
Outstanding Writing For A Nonfiction Program Brett Morgen Nominated


  1. ^ "Jane (2017)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved March 10, 2018.
  2. ^ "A Jane Goodall Documentary Proves Entirely Worthy of Its Subject". The Village Voice. October 11, 2017.
  3. ^ "Jane Goodall Reflects on a Lifelong Mission to Save the Planet, and She's Far from Finished". Los Angeles Times. October 20, 2017.
  4. ^ "Jane Goodall Heads into the Wild in the Stunning New Doc Jane". Entertainment Weekly. October 23, 2017.
  5. ^ "Jane Documentary Looks at a Pioneering Primatologist". The Washington Post. October 26, 2017.
  6. ^ "Jane Travels Back to Goodall's Early Years with Chimps". Austin American-Statesman. November 2, 2017.
  7. ^ "Jane Observes and Extols Nature". The Boston Globe. November 2, 2017.
  8. ^ "Jane Looks at the Life and Loves of Conservationist Goodall". The Boston Globe. November 2, 2017.
  9. ^ "'Jane' Goodall Documentary Is a Love Story About a Woman and Her Work". The ARTery. November 3, 2017. Retrieved December 5, 2017.
  10. ^ Powers, Thom (September 7, 2017). "Jane". tiff. Toronto International Film Festival. Retrieved December 5, 2017.
  11. ^ Moviefone
  12. ^ "Jane (2017)". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango Media. Retrieved 19 March 2018.
  13. ^ "Jane Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 9 March 2018.
  14. ^ "Critics' Choice Documentary Awards: Jane Goodall Pic Takes Top Honor; Kedi, Vietnam War Among Winners". Deadline Hollywood. November 2, 2017.
  15. ^ "Jane Takes Top Prize at Second Annual Critics' Choice Documentary Awards". Variety. November 2, 2017.
  16. ^ "Hollywood Music in Media Awards: Full Winners List". The Hollywood Reporter. November 17, 2017.
  17. ^ "Cinema Eye Names Subjects from Faces Places and Jane Among 2017's 'Unforgettables'". IndieWire. October 18, 2017.
  18. ^ "70th Primetime Emmy Awards Nominations" (PDF). Television Academy. July 12, 2018. Retrieved July 12, 2018.
  19. ^ "2018 Creative Arts Sunday Winners" (PDF). Television Academy. September 9, 2018. Retrieved September 9, 2018.

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