"A Classic In The Making": What the Critics are Saying about JANE - Opening Today at AFS Cinema


The new doc JANE, opening today 11/2 at the AFS Cinema, traces the life and work of primatologist and conservationist Jane Goodall. Largely made up of films shot in the wilds of Africa over 50 years ago, it is both an intellectual and aesthetic delight. Whether you know a little, a lot, or nothing at all about Goodall, the film will fill you with admiration for this remarkable trailblazer. The movie is directed by Brett Morgen (COBAIN: MONTAGE OF HECK, and THE KID STAYS IN THE PICTURE) and scored by Philip Glass.

As part of the film's full run, the cinema will offer a special Science On Screen panel on Sunday, 11/5 with special guests Dr. Anthony Di Fiore and Dr. Rebecca J. Lewis of the University of Texas. Dr. Di Fiore is the Head of the Anthropology Department and Dr. Lewis is Associate Professor in that department. Tickets for all showings are available here.

Josh Kupecki of the Austin Chronicle writes "Morgen has crafted a mesmerizing portrait of a fierce iconoclast who defied gender bias and forged her own path to an understanding of the natural world that transformed scientific thinking in the last century."

Ben Kenigsberg at The New York Times says “Jane” will delight those familiar with Ms. Goodall and provide a vibrant introduction for newcomers.

Kate Erbland from IndieWire raves ““Jane” isn’t just required viewing for fans of Goodall or animal lovers, but anyone seeking a classic in the making.”

David Rooney at the Hollywood Reporter says “This is a wondrous and moving account of a remarkable life that puts us right there with Goodall to share directly in her discoveries.”

Dennis Harvey from Variety says “The footage of the apes she (Goodall) named and followed for the rest of their lives is engrossing, full of personality and drama."

Plus, see a clip of Jane Goodall and director Brett Morgen discussing the new film below.