Reviewed by: Ivory Featherstone
Jane is a documentary on Jane Goodall’s life work that is brought together from primarily outtakes of never seen before footage. It is PG rated film directed by Brett Morgan and was screened at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival. The film tells a story of love through Jane’s expeditions as a young adult, first hand insight on some of her famous field work in Tanzania’s Gombe Stream National Park that is used today, her relationship with Hugo van Lawick, husband and cameraman, and finally, the family of chimpanzees that were the focus of her studies.
Overall, Jane was an amazing experience. After years of studying her ground-breaking field discoveries in my Anthropology classes, I can now make connections like never before. The movie was about love. Not only love with the chimpanzees she studied but the love and growth of her cameraman and husband Hugo. They both have a special relationship and a love for the work they do. I recommend this movie and sure hope you enjoy it as much as I did! Jane deserves a better rating in my opinion due to the way her story was captured like never before.
I took my mother and boyfriend to see the movie with me, who are not interested in any of this kind of stuff but they enjoyed it more than I did! To be the second audience group to see the premiere of Jane, in the world felt special. It even felt like an added little gift when the director Brett Morgan came out before the movie to do an introduction and then after the movie for a question and answer session. Overall, for my very first TIFF experience- I am now hooked for life. I will be a continuous member of the TIFF audience for years to come. Thank you again for such a wonderful experience, see you next year!
Was there smoking in the movie? Yes, there was tobacco use.
Who is smoking? Hugo, the cameraman and husband to Jane was a chain-smoker.
What was happening in the scene with smoking? He was smoking cigars and mainly bored waiting for the chimps to arrive so he could document Jane’s field work.
Would you notice if the smoking was taken out of the movie? No, I wouldn’t notice if smoking was taken out of the movie. It didn’t really have a need to be in the film. I only noticed it because I knew I was looking for it.
What was your reaction to seeing the characters using tobacco? No, the movie did not show and health effects related to smoking. But, from my opinion, the smoking could have caused the early death of Jane’s husband.