My Octopus Teacher

My Octopus Teacher (2020)

  • Genre: Documentary
  • Release Date: 2020-09-04
  • User Rating: 7.92/10 from 723 ratings
  • Runtime: 1h 25min
  • Language: English
  • Production Company: Off the Fence
  • Production Country: South Africa, United Kingdom
  • Directors: James Reed, Philippa Ehrlich.
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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.


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  • Craig Foster

    as Self
  • Tom Foster

    as Self
Production Craig Foster Producer
Camera Craig Foster Underwater Camera
Editing Jinx Godfrey Editorial Consultant
Production Ellen Windemuth Executive Producer
Camera Roger Horrocks Director of Photography
Directing James Reed Director
Writing James Reed Writer
Camera Dave Aenmey Additional Photography
Sound Barry Donnelly Sound Designer
Production Stuart Hoole Production Manager
Production Andrew Zikking Co-Executive Producer
Production Allison Bean Co-Executive Producer
Sound Charl Mostert Foley Artist
Editing Kyle Stroebel Colorist
Directing Philippa Ehrlich Director
Editing Philippa Ehrlich Editor
Writing Philippa Ehrlich Writer
Camera Philippa Ehrlich Additional Photography
Sound Louw Verwoerd Sound Recordist
Production Karen Meehan Head of Production
Editing Dan Schwalm Editor
Sound Kevin Smuts Original Music Composer
Sound Tom Foster Sound Recordist
Camera Tom Foster Aerial Camera
Sound Hilton Auffray Sound Recordist
Production Swati Thiyagarajan Production Manager
Production Swati Thiyagarajan Associate Producer
Production Ross Frylinck Associate Producer
Production Carina Frankal Associate Producer
Production Faine Loubser Production Assistant
Production Charlotte Kingdom Production Secretary
Production Ludo Dufour Associate Producer
Production Sam Barton-Humphreys Associate Producer
Editing Lamees Martin Online Editor