The trailer for ‘Lucy the Human Chimp’ which will feature a score by Paul Leonard-Morgan has just been released.
Due to air in the UK on Channel 4 on the 19th April and in the US on HBO Max 29th April, the feature produced by KEO Films, recounts the fascinating story of a chimpanzee raised as a human, and the woman who took on the near impossible task of helping to give her freedom by living with her in the wild.
In 1960s America, Lucy was raised as a human in a radical experiment. From two days old she lived in the family home of a psychology professor from the University of Oklahoma. By age 11 Lucy‘s physical strength made it impossible for her to be kept by her human family, so they made a plan for a young student, Janis Carter, to take her to Africa to teach her to be a wild chimp. Janis was only to stay for a couple of weeks, but with Lucy struggling to adapt, and the bond between them growing ever stronger, Janis stayed with Lucy in the wild for more than 6 years. This is the story of their unbreakable cross-species friendship and survival against all odds.
Directed by Alex Parkinson the film uses previously unseen archive film and photographs as well as dramatic reconstruction.