South Africa’s very own feature film Moffie has been nominated for several international prizes! Based on a novel by Andre-Carl Van Der Merwe, the film tells the story of a gay conscript who embarks on a journey of survival by joining the military in 1981 Apartheid. During his service, he falls in love with a fellow recruit and the story follows the trials and tribulations they face.
The film made its world premiere at Venice Film Festival, making it only the fourth South African film to make the official selection of the festival. That feat was followed by a sold-out screening at the London Film Festival in October, where it competed for the Best Film Prize.
The film has received tremendous support and praise from the international and local film community. Most recently the film has received three nominations at the British Independent Film Awards (BIFA) taking place in December 2019. Director Oliver Hermanus was nominated for Best Director, producer Jack Sidey for Best Breakthrough Producer, and Jamie D Ramsay for Best Cinematographer.
Statement from the Director
In a statement on Moffie’s Facebook page, the Oliver Hermanus said: “It is a real milestone for us to be recognised at this event,” adding “We’ve had an amazing team come together to make this film and so to be celebrated in this way is truly wonderful.”
We wish them the best of luck.