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Moffie is a 2019 biographical war romantic drama film co-written and directed by Oliver Hermanus. Based on the autobiographical novel of the same name by André Carl van der Merwe, the film depicts mandatory conscription into the notorious South African Defence Force (SADF) during apartheid through the eyes of a young closeted character Nicholas van der Swart (Kai Luke Brümmer) as he attempts to hide his attraction to another gay recruit (Ryan de Villiers) in a hostile environment.[3] The title derives from a homophobic slur in South Africa used to police masculinity.[4][5]

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Directed byOliver Hermanus
Screenplay by
  • Oliver Hermanus
  • Jack Sidey
Based onMoffie
by Andre Carl van der Merwe
Produced by
CinematographyJamie Ramsay
Edited by
  • Alain Dessauvage
  • George Hanmer
Music byBraam du Toit
Portobello Productions
Release date
  • 4 September 2019 (2019-09-04)
Running time
99 minutes
  • South Africa
  • United Kingdom
  • Afrikaans
  • English[1]
Box office$28,704[2]

The film had its world premiere release at the Venice International Film Festival on 4 September 2019.[6] It also had its special screenings at other film festivals and received a number of accolades in various categories.[7] Its original 2020 theatrical release was disrupted.[by whom?] Distributed by Curzon Cinemas in the UK and IFC Films in the US, it was made available to stream and released in select theatres in 2021.[8]