In the Pipeline: 'Jane's Journey' stops in H.B.

September 14, 2011|By Chris Epting

"I wanted to talk to the animals like Dr. Dolittle."

And so she did.

Jane Goodall, whose love of animals first led her to the Kenya highlands in 1957. Who then went to work for famed scientist Louis Leakey. And soon after was introduced to the world as she graced the cover of National Geographic — the brilliant, beautiful British woman who studied the life of chimpanzees from deep inside Gombe Stream National Park in Tanzania.

Today, Goodall travels an average 300 days per year, speaking about the threats facing chimpanzees and other environmental crises.

I was excited to learn that Goodall, to commemorate a half century since she first journeyed to Africa to study the behavior of the wild chimpanzee, would be appearing in movie theaters nationwide via satellite to share her incredible life's journey.

The event takes place at 8 p.m. Sept. 27 (tape delayed) and will be available in theaters throughout Orange County, including Century 20 at Bella Terra in Huntington Beach.


It's called "Jane Goodall Live," and the presentation will feature special guests (including musician Dave Matthews and actress Charlize Theron) as well as the national premiere of the multimillion-dollar cinematic biography "Jane's Journey" (with appearances by Academy Award-winner Angelina Jolie and Pierce Brosnan.)

I saw an advance of the film, and it is stunning. It follows Goodall during diverse days across three continents, viewing chimpanzees in the jungle and hippos in steamy pools in Tanzania; encountering explosive, calving glaciers in Greenland; and meeting challenged youth on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. You'll also get to marvel at 45-year-old 8mm film footage shot during Goodall's first years in the African forest, which was recently discovered in her home in Britain.

I had the rare pleasure of interviewing Goodall for my column this week, and I hope you enjoy the insights so generously provided by this legendary woman.

In the film, you talk about how you looked to the chimps' motherhood habits and thought about how humans might learn from your early observations. When you had your son, did you tap into things you learned in the jungle?

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