My Octopus Teacher's Craig Foster opens up about how the film changed his life

Share your Subscriber Article
You have 5 articles to share every month. Send this story to a friend!
0:00
play article
Subscribers can listen to this article
My Octopus Teacher holds the distinction of being the first South African film to be turned into a Netflix Original. (PHOTO: Netflix)
My Octopus Teacher holds the distinction of being the first South African film to be turned into a Netflix Original. (PHOTO: Netflix)

Never in their wildest dreams did they imagine their “little film” would enjoy this kind of success.

Back when it all started, filmmaker Craig Foster (53) was suffering from such bad burnout he’d become disconnected from his teenage son and his wife, Swati Thiyagarajan, was desperately worried.

But one thing proved to be better therapy than all the human experts in the world: diving into the icy waters of the Atlantic Ocean and meeting an extraordinary eight-limbed creature that would touch him so deeply it gave him reason to engage with the world again.

There’s more to this story
Subscribe to News24 and get access to our exclusive journalism and features today.
Subscribe
Already a subscriber? Sign in