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My Octopus Teacher ()


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A filmmaker forges an unusual friendship with an octopus living in a South African kelp forest, learning as the animal shares the mysteries of her world.

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  • Won 1 Oscar. Another 10 wins & 14 nominations.
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Cast

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Self - Host & Founder of Sea Change Project
Tom Foster ...
Self - Son of Craig Foster

Directed by

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Pippa Ehrlich
James Reed

Written by

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Pippa Ehrlich ... () &
James Reed ... ()

Produced by

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Sam Barton-Humphreys ... associate producer: Off The Fence
Allison Bean ... co-executive producer: Off The Fence
Ludovic Dufour ... associate producer: Off The Fence (as Ludo Dufour)
Craig Foster ... producer
Carina Frankal ... associate producer
Ross Frylinck ... associate producer
Kara Rozansky ... production executive (uncredited)
Swati Thiyagarajan ... associate producer
Ellen Windemuth ... executive producer
Andrew Zikking ... co-executive producer: Off The Fence

Music by

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Kevin Smuts

Cinematography by

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Roger Horrocks

Film Editing by

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Pippa Ehrlich
Dan Schwalm

Editorial Department

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Armien Baradien ... mastering technician: Refinery Post Production
Jinx Godfrey ... consultant editor
Jade Köhler ... digital imaging producer: Refinery Post Production (as Jade Kohler)
Lamees Martin ... on-line editor: Refinery Post Production
Danielle Nel ... conform editor
Kyle Stroebel ... colorist
Lauren Van Rensburg ... post supervisor: Refinery Post Production

Production Management

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Stuart Hoole ... production manager: Off The Fence
Karen Meehan ... head of production: Off The Fence
Swati Thiyagarajan ... production manager
Stephen Johns ... post-production executive (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Hilton Auffray ... sound recordist
Barry Donnelly ... sound designer
Charl Mostert ... foley artist: Audio One
Louw Verwoerd ... sound recordist
Barry Donnelly ... re-recording mixer (uncredited)

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Max Phillips ... graphics and titles: Off The Fence

Camera and Electrical Department

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Dave Aenmey ... additional photography (as Dave Aenme)
Pippa Ehrlich ... additional photography
Craig Foster ... underwater photography
Tom Foster ... aerial photography
Roger Horrocks ... archival footage and photos
Michael Raimondo ... archival footage and photos
Warren Smart ... topside photography

Music Department

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Mathew Dennis ... additional music
Tom Foster ... additional music
Ronan Skillen ... additional music

Additional Crew

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Lynne Brennan ... technical support
Michael Brennan ... technical support
Michelle Bruce ... general counsel: Off The Fence
Marcel Derksen ... production finance: Off The Fence
Menno Fennema ... production finance: Off The Fence
Charles Griffiths ... scientific advisor (as Emeritus Professor Charles Griffiths)
Charlotte Kingdom ... production secretary: Off The Fence
Jannes Landschoff ... scientific advisor (as Dr. Jannes Landschoff)
Faine Loubser ... production assistant
Jennifer Mather ... scientific advisor (as Professor Jennifer Mather)
Tom Osborn ... technical support
Jan Rofekamp ... world sales: Films Transit International Inc. (uncredited)

Thanks

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Lisa Beasley ... special thanks
Colin Bell ... special thanks
Brian Bergman ... special thanks
Jason Boswell ... special thanks
John Chambers ... special thanks
Libby Doyle ... special thanks
Natasha Dryden ... special thanks
Mike Duffet ... special thanks
Sara Edelson ... special thanks
Danielle Ehrlich ... special thanks
Diana Foster ... special thanks
Keith Foster ... special thanks
Craig Fraser ... special thanks
Christopher Henshilwood ... special thanks
Louis Herman ... special thanks
Aimee Kuhl ... special thanks
Friedl Le Roux ... special thanks
Jerry Lemba Lemba ... special thanks
Ian Mcallum ... special thanks
Erik Meijer ... special thanks
Anthony Mitchell ... special thanks
Mike Nortje ... special thanks
Miguel Oliveira ... special thanks
Yvette Oosthuizen ... special thanks
The Parker Family ... special thanks
Michael Raimondo ... special thanks
Scott Ramsay ... special thanks
Monica Rorvick ... special thanks
Prannoy Roy ... special thanks
Radhika Roy ... special thanks
Deirdre Sims ... special thanks
Michael Sims ... special thanks
Georgia Thompson ... special thanks
Toren Wing ... special thanks

Production Companies

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Distributors

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  • Netflix (2020) (World-wide) (video) (VOD)

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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. Written by yusufpiskin

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Also Known As
  • La Sagesse de la pieuvre (France)
  • Mein Lehrer, der Krake (Germany)
  • Lo que el pulpo me enseñó (Spain)
  • 我的章魚老師 (Taiwan)
  • Professor Polvo (Brazil)
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Runtime
  • 85 min
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Did You Know?

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Trivia In the wild a typical Common Octopus will live 1-3 years. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in The 93rd Oscars (2021). See more »
Quotes Craig Foster: What she taught me was to feel... that you're part of this place, not a visitor. That's a huge difference.
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