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I was fortunate to have attended the premiere of the movie Moffie here in South Africa just before lockdown hit us. Did you read our review?

Darren sadly didn’t get to join me, guys someone has to babysit when you’re living so far from family!

Fortunately for my husband, he doesn’t have to wait much longer to watch the movie. Moffie a first on Showmax will be available to watch if you’re a subscriber from 31 December 2020! #ad

Currently, on the longlist for the Golden Globe’s Foreign Film category, Moffie has screened at Venice and London film festivals; won at Dublin and Thessaloniki; and was nominated for three British Independent Film Awards: Best Director (Oliver Hermanus), Breakthrough Producer (Jack Sidey) and Best Cinematography (Jamie Ramsey).

The film is set in South Africa, 1981, with the white minority government embroiled in a conflict on the southern Angolan border. Like all white boys over the age of 16, Nicholas Van der Swart (Kai Luke Brummer) must complete two years of compulsory military service to defend the Apartheid regime. The threat of communism and die swart gevaar 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.

Moffie has a 100% critics rating from Rotten Tomatoes, with Variety raving, “South African auteur Oliver Hermanus makes his masterpiece with this brutal but radiant story of young gay desire on the Angolan war front… establishing him quite plainly as South Africa’s most vital contemporary filmmaker… Both a shiver-delicate exploration of unspoken desire and scaringly brilliant anatomy of white South African masculinity. It fair takes your breath away.

Adapted from an autobiographical 2006 novel by André Carl van der Merwe, Moffie is produced by South African-born Eric Abraham, who has produced two Oscar-winning films: Pawel Pawlikowski’s Ida and Jan Sverak’s Kolya. Abraham is also the founder and benefactor of The Fugard Theatre in Cape Town.

It’s definitely a movie you have to go and watch if simply to appreciate what so many young men had to endure when being drafted into the army.

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