The Fugard Bioscope presented a fortnight of screenings of Moffie, a film from Portobello Productions and Penzance Films, directed by Oliver Hermanus and produced by Fugard Theatre founder Eric Abraham. The film was screened at The Fugard Bioscope from 15–29 March 2020.

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 16, 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 so-called 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.


First screening
15 March 2020

Final screening
29 March 2020

The Fugard Bioscope

Principal Cast

Kai Luke Brummer

Ryan de Villiers

Matthew Vey

Stefan Vermaak

Hilton Pelser


Oliver Hermanus

Oliver Hermanus
Jack Sidey

Based on the book by
André Carl van der Merwe

Eric Abraham

Jack Sidey

Philip Prettejohn
Executive Producer

Lamees Albertus

Genevieve Hofmeyr

Thérèsa Ryan

Braam du Toit

Jamie Ramsay

Alain Dessauvage
George Hanmer
Film Editing


“Victory for this brutal army tragedy.”

The Times

Moffie has an aesthetic sweep to match Céline Sciamma’s swooning Portrait of a Lady on Fire. It is a breath-taking piece of cinema whose beauty heightens the ugliness at the heart of the film.”

The Irish Times

“This often bruising bootcamp drama expresses the pain and uncertainty of coming out with real tenderness and subtle beauty.”
Time Out
“Hidden passions add to the brutish hell of apartheid-era South African conscripts in Oliver Hermanus’s skilfully tense drama.”
The Guardian
“It does such a thought-through, empathetic, and powerful job of exploring homophobia as part of a root-and-branch mentality in South Africa’s white patriarchal psyche.”

The Telegraph