THE ACCIDENTAL CONSERVATIONIST part 2
Here is Part 2 of our conversation with Tidal filmmaker, Leila Kidson.
To read Part 1, head to: https://gutsygirlsadventurefilmtour.com.au/the-evolution-of-tidal-with-filmmaker-leila-kidson-pt-1/
Adventure Reels: Was there anything unexpected that came out of making this film?
Leila Kidson: I think there were a few unexpected things, but for me it was definitely falling in love with the sea again and learning to freedive. I was fortunate to spend a lot of time with Lisa, and she taught me to freedive and got me obsessed with the nudibranchs. Grateful to call her a good friend after the making of the film, and still love diving with her!
AR: It was really great to see how many people got behind Lisa’s efforts with the tidal pools and how they created a community. Do you know much about what’s happening with the tidal pools now?
LK: The tidal pools are even more of a success story now! In the last year the company that cleans the pools across the whole of the Cape Peninsula have agreed to use the new cleaning method! We will be releasing a little after-video later this year with a full update on the progress, keep your eyes peeled on @tidalfilm on Instagram!
AR: The community spirit in the film is really beautiful and watching as people discover the tidal pools was really special. How did it feel to be part of that?
LK: There is a big community spirit around the tidal pools themselves, in that any time you go for a swim there will be locals chatting around the pools and the same grannies having their morning swim – the sense of community was tangible and getting to meet the people that had helped Lisa in establishing the new cleaning method was really special. People in False Bay care a LOT about the protection of that marine space, which I see daily on the local freediving groups – very inspiring and motivating!
AR: Lisa and her story are so inspirational. What stands out to you the most about Lisa?
LK: Lisa is a difficult person to summarise, I am always in awe of what she has done in her life and how she holds herself through all of those experiences – so I think the thing that stands out most for me about Lisa is her resilience and humility. I deeply respect how little ego she seems to have in how she approaches things and is always so willing to share her knowledge and impart such wisdom from her life.
AR: How has making this film influenced the types of films you think you’d like to make in the future?
LK: Oooh this is a good question, I had never thought that I would get involved in anything conservation-focused as my passion has always been in social and gender justice, but this film definitely opened my eyes to the world and power of conservation film and I definitely hope that throughout my life I get to straddle both worlds in combining the importance of conservation with the importance of social justice as I think they are so interlinked! A climate crisis is a human crisis, and I see the power of film in inspiring others toward positive action surrounding that.
AR: How can our audience follow along with your future projects and also follow the progress of the tidal pools?
LK: I run a company called OCTOPI, that my work is released under nowadays – our Instagram is @octopi_africa where we update more regularly than the website, and most recently released a short vertical film with Michael Carter (the cinematographer for TIDAL) that is making the rounds at some European film festivals (yay!). For updates on the tidal pools, follow @capetowntidalpools on Instagram, we also update our @tidalfilm page with updates here and there!
A huge thank you to Leila for taking the time to answer our questions about the film, Tidal. Be sure to check out OCTOPI and the Cape Town Tidal Pools (linked above) to find out more.