My Octopus Teacher

After years of swimming every day in the freezing ocean at the tip of Africa, Craig Foster meets an unlikely teacher: a young octopus who displays remarkable curiosity. Visiting her den and tracking her movements for months on end he eventually wins the animal’s trust and they develop a never-before-seen bond between human and wild animal. As the little octopus shares the secrets of her world, Craig undertakes an incredible mental and physical transformation.

Director: Pippa Ehrlich

Pippa Ehrlich is a natural history filmmaker and award-winning environmental journalist, specialising in the field of marine science and conservation. She has worked with some of the world’s top marine researchers and underwater photographers and is editor of the acclaimed photographic book Sea Change: Primal Joy and the Art of Underwater Tracking. Pippa has
been an avid free diver for more than a decade and has spent her last three years exploring the underwater forests of Cape Town and creating My Octopus Teacher. This is her first feature documentary.

Director: James Reed

James is an award-winning director and writer specializing in making dramatic, long-form documentaries about the natural world. His films have brought unique, untold stories from the most remote locations to be broadcast on BBC, Netflix, Disney, Discovery and many others. James is best known for the multi-award-winning films Jago: A Life Underwater and Rise of The Warrior Apes.

South Africa Netherlands United Kingdom
84 Min.
Director: Pippa Ehrlich, James Reed
Script: Craig Foster; Pippa Ehrlich
Cinematography: Roger Horrocks; Craig Foster
Editing: Pippa Ehrlich; Dan Schwalm
Music: Kevin Smuts
Narrator: Craig Foster
Producer: Sea Change Project and Off The Fence
Awards: Best Film 2020,
Best Story 2020,
Best Marine Film 2020
Nominations: Best Independent Production 2020,
Best Story 2020,
Best Score 2020,
Best Postproduction 2020,
Best Marine Film 2020,
Heinz Sielmann Film Award 2020
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