A recent unexpected film about a South Africans bond with an Octopus has inspired a spoof called My Kreepy Teacher!
South Africa (20 September 2020) – An unexpected film about a man’s bond with an octopus entitled My Octopus Teacher is captivating audiences, film festivals and competition judges worldwide and now it has also inspired a hilarious spoof called My Kreepy Teacher.
My Octopus Teacher racked up eight nominations, more than any other film in this year’s lineup, for the renowned Jackson Wild Media Award, one of the most important nature film competitions on the globe. It recently won Best Feature at Earth X and is in the running for another four conservation film awards this year, including two prestigious Panda awards at the Wildscreen Festival.
The feature documentary is a collaboration between the Sea Change Project, an NGO raising awareness of the beauty and ecological importance of South Africa’s kelp forest, Off the Fence Productions based in the Netherlands and Netflix. This is the first Netflix Original Documentary to come out of South Africa. Directed by Pippa Ehrlich and James Reed and produced by Craig Foster, My Octopus Teacher is the culmination of a decade of hard work and dedication to showcasing The Great African Seaforest and the creatures that live in it.
The story is about Craig Foster, who suffering from a loss of purpose, begins a daily diving regimen in the freezing kelp forests at the tip of Africa in order to re-energize himself. Foster is an award-winning filmmaker and co-founder of the Sea Change Project, and has dedicated the past nine years to diving every day in the Atlantic Ocean without a wetsuit, documenting the process of how the human body adapts to cold and studying the kelp forest ecosystem.
What he discovers below the water’s surface is a totally alien motivation in the form of an unusually curious octopus. This beautiful record of an animal’s entire life—something seldom achieved in the wild, let alone underwater—was shot over a full year and explores the habits and personality of a strange, undulating creature that most of us have only ever eaten.
And now Retroviral has created a spoof called My Kreepy Teacher, which might be the funniest thing you see today!
The short film was created by Retroviral for Kreepy Krauly. Mike Sharman was in the Ecd role while Glen Biderman-Pam directed, Declan Manca Edited and Michael Carter DoP.
My Kreepy Teacher takes us on a journey of one South Africans newfound relationship with his Kreepy Krauly… if My Octopus Teacher brought tears to your eyes, then My Kreepy Teacher will make you cry with laughter.
Watch it below:
My Kreepy Krauly Teacher 😂 pic.twitter.com/wlLLNYrBVp
— Derrick Carolin 😷 (@Derro_SA) September 20, 2020
Many may not know this but Kreepy Krauly – the swimming pool vacuum cleaner – was invented by Ferdinand Chauvier, a hydraulics engineer who came to South Africa from the Belgian Congo in 1951.
Chauvier quickly realised that there was a huge market for taking the hassle out of cleaning swimming pools, and went about inventing a machine that would do the job automatically, efficiently powered by the ordinary operation of the pool’s filter.
But it wasn’t until 1974 that the first Kreepy Krauly was born in Chauvier’s Springs home.
He died in 1985, but Kreepy Kraulys continue to keep thousands of pools clean in South Africa and the world over.