The very first South African Netflix original documentary My Octopus Teacher captures the story of Craig Foster, a filmmaker who forged an unusual friendship with an octopus living in a Western Cape kelp forest. Foster followed the sea creature for most of her life – something that has seldom been achieved in the wild, let alone underwater.
In 2010, debilitated by adrenal fatigue, Craig began freediving in a freezing underwater forest at the tip of Africa. As the icy water re-energised him, he started to film his experiences and in time, a curious young octopus captured his attention. By visiting her den and tracking her movements every day for months, he won the animal’s trust and they developed an unlikely relationship.
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As the little octopus shared the secrets of her world, Craig became witness to the beauty and drama of a wild creature’s life and in the process, underwent an incredible mental and physical transformation.
In partnership with Off The Fence /ZDF Enterprises, My Octopus Teacher took ten years to make. The film is produced by Craig Foster and Directed by Pippa Ehrlich and James Reed. The team also includes cinematography by acclaimed underwater cameraman Roger Horrocks (BBC Blue Planet II) and is Executive Produced by Ellen Windemuth. – Sea Change Project
Watch the trailer below and watch My Octopus Teacher, now streaming on Netflix