Watch | SA film My Octopus Teacher wins BAFTA for Best Documentary


My Octopus teacher

The critically acclaimed South African documentary, My Octopus Teacher won ‘best documentary’ at the British Academy Film Awards in London on Sunday night.

The BAFTAs ceremony was hosted virtually and broadcast from London’s Royal Albert Hall with winners accepting awards remotely.

The 2020 Netflix original feature, directed by Pipp Ehrlich and James Reed, documents a year spent by filmmaker Craig Foster forging a relationship with a wild common octopus in a South African kelp forest. 

In 2010, debilitated by adrenal fatigue, Craig began freediving in a freezing underwater forest at the tip of Africa. Soon, 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.

Read More | South African documentary ‘My Octopus Teacher’ nominated for an Oscar

My Octopus Teacher took ten years to make and has also made it to the final list of nominees for the 93rd Academy Awards in the Documentary Feature category. The Oscar awards ceremony will be held later this month on 26 April.

Director Pippa Ehrlich received the BAFTA award on behalf of the production team last night. Watch the special moment below and find more trending content, right here.


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