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MOFFIE

by Oliver Hermanus

synopsis

To be a moffie is to be weak, effeminate, illegal. The year is 1981 and South Africa’s white minority government is embroiled in a conflict on the southern Angolan border. Like all white boys over the age of sixteen, Nicholas Van der Swart must complete two years of compulsory military service to defend the Apartheid regime. The threat of communism and “die swart gevaar” (the black danger) is at an all-time high. But that’s not the only danger Nicholas faces. He must survive the brutality of the army—something that becomes even more difficult when a connection is sparked between him and a fellow recruit.

original title: Moffie
country: South Africa, United Kingdom
sales agent: Portobello Film Sales
year: 2019
genre: fiction
directed by: Oliver Hermanus
film run: 103'
screenplay: Oliver Hermanus, Jack Sidey
cast: Kai Luke Brummer, Ryan de Villiers, Matthew Vey, Stefan Vermaak, Hilton Pelser
cinematography by: Jamie Ramsay
film editing: Alain Dessauvage
costumes designer: Reza Levy
music: Braam du Toit
producer: Eric Abraham, Jack Sidey
co-producer: Thérèsa Ryan
production: Portobello Pictures, Penzance Films (ZA)
backing: Department of Trade and Industry (ZA)
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