Jane McMullen

Documentary Filmmaker & Journalist

Jane is an award-winning documentary film maker and journalist based in London.

Her documentaries combine emotional human stories with geopolitics and global human rights issues. They have been broadcast by BBC2’s acclaimed international current affairs series This World and BBC1’s Panorama in the UK and international broadcasters including FRONTLINE (PBS), CBC and ABC’s Four Corners.

Jane’s latest film, ESCAPE FROM DUBAI: THE MYSTERY OF THE MISSING PRINCESS, was broadcast in December 2018 in the UK and all over the world. It tells the story of Sheikha Latifa, the 32-year-old daughter of the ruler of Dubai. In February 2018, Latifa boarded a boat and set sail for India with a plan to start a new life in America. But within days her boat was stormed by Indian commandos – she was captured and presumably returned to Dubai. Princess Latifa had made a video in case she was caught and entrusted it to a lawyer in America. The documentary pieced together Princess Latifa’s life and reveals how she had been planning the escape for more than seven years.

In 2017, Jane produced and directed NORTH KOREA: MURDER IN THE FAMILY for BBC2. The documentary investigated the murder of the North Korean dictator’s half-brother Kim Jong-nam. On 13 February 2017 he walked into Kuala Lumpur airport to catch a flight to Macau but as he was checking in, he was assassinated using VX, one of the most deadly chemical weapons on earth. The documentary examined in detail why he was assassinated, lifting the lid on the astonishing story of a bitter family feud, secret agents and a powerful international business network that has allowed the Kim family to remain in power for nearly 70 years.

The film was re-versioned for an American audience with a focus on the growing tensions between Kim Jong-un and President Donald Trump, and broadcast by PBS FRONTLINE as NORTH KOREA’S DEADLY DICTATOR.

In March 2018, Jane co-directed WEINSTEIN: THE INSIDE STORY, a special 1-hour edition of BBC1’s Panorama and PBS FRONTLINE. The programme, broadcast as Hollywood prepared to celebrate the 90th Academy Awards, investigated Weinstein’s spectacular fall from grace and the efforts he had made to silence his accusers. It examined the complex web of lawyers, journalists and private detectives deployed to keep Weinstein’s secrets hidden.

In 2016, Jane filmed, directed and produced THE HORRORS OF THE RED HOUSE, which told the story of the Filipina women who were raped by Japanese soldiers during the Second World War. Only a handful of these women are still alive, and they are fighting to make sure their ordeal isn’t forgotten.

Jane has lived in China and returns there to make documentaries, including HOW CHINA FOOLED THE WORLD with ROBERT PESTON (2014) and THE GREAT CHINESE CRASH (2016).

Location:

London, United Kingdom

Areas of Expertise:

World, Climate and Environment, War and Conflict, Health and Science

‘Out of Control’: Wuhan Health Care Worker Sheds New Light on How COVID’s Early Days Really Unfolded in China
As cases mounted, health care workers were ordered to stay quiet, says the first worker from Wuhan Central Hospital to speak to international journalists about what was happening in the early days of the coronavirus outbreak.
February 2, 2021
1h 24m
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China's COVID Secrets
The untold story of the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic and how China responded.
February 2, 2021
"You Can Barely Breathe": The Inmates Who Fought California's Deadliest Wildfire
The day California’s deadliest-ever wildfire erupted, about 2,000 state employees responded to the blaze. Among them were more than 500 prison inmates.
November 1, 2019
Ahead of Camp Fire Anniversary, New Details Emerge of Troubled Evacuation
In the frenzy of California’s deadliest-ever wildfire, officials tried but failed to activate a free emergency notification system that might have warned more people of the blaze.
October 25, 2019
54m
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Fire in Paradise
A year after the devastating Camp Fire, who’s to blame and why was it so catastrophic? With accounts from survivors and first responders, the inside story of the most destructive fire in California history, its causes and the impact of climate change.
October 29, 2019
54m
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Weinstein
FRONTLINE investigates the sexual misconduct allegations around Harvey Weinstein.
March 2, 2018
54m
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North Korea's Deadly Dictator
October 4, 2017