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Brett Morgen – JANE

Brett Morgen is a successful filmmaker whose work includes documentaries on The Rolling Stones, Kurt Cobain and now the pioneering primatologist – Jane Goodall.

The new film “JANE” draws from over 100 hours of never before seen footage that has been in National Geographic’s archive for over 50 years.

Critics are calling it “one of the best documentaries of 2017”.

When the National Geographic Society decided to make a movie from their most precious footage they went straight to Oscar-nominated director Brett Morgen.

The brief seemed simple.

National Geographic wanted to use never-before-seen colour film of legendary primatologist Jane Goodall in the field during her groundbreaking 1960s chimpanzee study.

This lost archive captured Goodall, herself a past London Real guest, doing the work which would radically alter human understanding not just of ape society, but our own.

National Geographic wanted to make a movie that paid homage to a pioneer in her field.

But how did he do it?

Brett joins us to explain the story of how a project he thought would never get anywhere became a surprise hit and powerful testament to arguably the most influential Englishwoman of our times.

Chapters:
00:00 Trailer.
02:43 Brian’s thoughts on the episode.
05:49 Brian’s introduction.
06:16 Making documentaries about the lives of two totally different people.
11:31 Effect of combination of Hugo van Lawick’s filming whilst falling in love with Jane and her stunning looks.
14:27 Historical and cultural significance of Jane’s work was as profound as landing a ship on the moon.
19:22 Jane’s story is significant for children and parents in what it teaches and particularly to woman’s role today.
23:07 Why Brett thinks a man could not have done the work Jane did.
25:30 Brett shares his passion for the art of making documentaries when describing how he develops his ideas.
37:06 His totally intense immersive style of documentary.
40:29 Brett’s personality traits, a tsunami of emotions and abrasiveness, have underpinned his documentaries.
46:33 Success secrets.
47:06 Brett’s working relationship with the iconic National Geographic and why he wanted a different film title.
50:46 Gender and cultural reasons why Americans more than British seem always to have embraced Jane Goodall.
53:01 Jane Goodall continues to travel 300 days a year, dedicating her life to making this world a better place.
55:34 Dealing with being in the spotlight
56:30 Reflections on Kurt Cobain Montage of Heck and why it focussed a lot on Kurt’s childhood.
57:34 Incomparably harder to do documentary than fiction but a genre Brett loves and finds most satisfying to do.
1:01:53 The importance of a film score.
1:06:11 Advice to the young aspiring documentary film maker.
1:06:34 Brian’s summing up.

Notes:
Brett Morgen website
http://www.brettmorgen.com/
Brett Morgen on Twitter
https://twitter.com/brettmorgen?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor
Brett Morgen on YouTube
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWyM3eqqeEtGC2A1TLmljPQ
Brett Morgen on Wikipedia
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brett_Morgen

Topics discussed:
Kurt Cobain Montage of Heck (documentary film)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kurt_Cobain:_Montage_of_Heck
Jane (documentary film trailer)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K0HMncRP0Zs
Crossfire Hurricane (documentary film)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crossfire_Hurricane
In the Shadow of Man by Jane Goodall (book)
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Shadow-Man-Jane-Goodall/dp/0753809478
Gombe Stream National Park
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gombe_Stream_National_Park
Garden of Eden
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Garden_of_Eden
The Kid Stays in the Picture (documentary film)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Kid_Stays_in_the_Picture
Wonder Woman (film)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wonder_Woman_(2017_film)
American Splendor (film)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_Splendor_(film)
Natural Born Killers (film)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Natural_Born_Killers
Objectivity (philosophy)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Objectivity_(philosophy)
Hunger (film)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hunger_(2008_film)
Marvel’s Runaways (TV show)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Runaways_(TV_series)
The Beatles Lonely Hearts Club Band (special edition release)
https://www.thebeatles.com/news/beatles-celebrate-anniversary-sgt-peppers-lonely-hearts-club-band-special-edition-release

People mentioned in this episode:
Jane Goodall
https://londonreal.tv/e/dr-jane-goodall-wild-at-heart/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jane_Goodall
Hugo van Lawick
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hugo_van_Lawick
Louis Leakey
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Louis_Leakey
Dian Fossey
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dian_Fossey
John Ford
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Ford
Steve McQueen
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steve_McQueen
Elmer Bernstein
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elmer_Bernstein
Philip Glass
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philip_Glass
David Attenborough
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Attenborough
Richard Attenborough

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Ramskee925

Amazing interview Bryan and London Real! Thanks guys.

Paul Arnold
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Hi London Real. Are there any tickets left for the Dan Pena event on Thursday? Thank you. Paul

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Maria

Hi Paul,
Tickets for the Dan Pena event are available here:
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/dan-pena-the-50-billion-dollar-man-world-premiere-tickets-39549894800
We hope to see you there! ?