London-based distributor Dogwoof has acquired distribution rights to Oscar- and Emmy-nominated Brett Morgen‘s feature documentary Jane for the UK and Ireland.
The film (pictured), which enjoyed its world premiere last month at the Toronto International Film Festival and picked up the Critic’s Poll for Best Documentary, profiles primatologist Jane Goodall’s revolutionary research, her relationship with cameraman and husband Hugo van Lawick, and the Kasakela chimpanzee community that she studied in the Gombe Stream National Park, located in the western Kigoma Region of Tanzania.
Produced by National Geographic Studios in partnership with Public Road Productions, Jane utilizes rediscovered never-before-seen 16mm Ektachrome footage that sat dormant on National Geographic’s shelves for more than 50 years.
Jane is produced by Morgen, Bryan Burk, James Smith and Tony Gerber, and is executive produced by Tim Pastore and Jeff Hassler. The film is set to an orchestral score from seminal composer Philip Glass.
“When this footage was pulled from our archives, we couldn’t think of anyone better suited to transform this classic National Geographic material of Dr. Goodall into a modern-day masterpiece,” said Pastore, National Geographic’s president of original programming and production, in a statement. “Brett has an uncanny ability to completely immerse viewers in his subject matter with his signature style.”
National Geographic Documentary Films will release the doc in the UK on Nov. 24, distributed by Dogwoof, following its European premiere on Oct. 13 as part of the 61st BFI London Film Festival.