‘MOFFIE’ director and star consider masculinity, vulnerability in war drama


Preston Barta // Features Editor

Available this weekend in theaters and on-demand is the emotionally arresting war drama from IFC Films, titled Moffie. The South African film earned a BAFTA nomination for Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director, or Producer.

Co-written and directed by Oliver Hermanus, Moffie explores two years in the life of a closeted young man (Kai Luke Brummer) serving his mandatory military service during Apartheid in 1980s South Africa. The Afrikaans and English-language title examines the psychological violence of institutionalized homophobia as a group of men train to fight in a conflict at the southern Angolan border.

Fresh Fiction had the opportunity to speak with filmmaker Oliver Hermanus and actor Kai Luke Brummer separately via Zoom Video. We uncover some of the film’s deeper meanings, the tonal balance of a war drama, and how music helped them access the story’s emotional truth.

Watch the videos below, and catch Moffie in theaters (or in the comfort of your own home) today!

Our interview with co-writer and director Oliver Hermanus:

Our interview with star Kai Luke Brummer:

About author

Preston Barta

I have been working as a film journalist since 2010, dividing the first four years between radio broadcasting and entertainment writing in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. In 2014, I entered Fresh Fiction (FreshFiction.tv) as the features editor. The following year, I stepped into the film critic position at the Denton Record-Chronicle, a daily North Texas print publication. My time is dedicated to writing theatrical film reviews, at-home entertainment columns, and conducting interviews with on-screen talent and filmmakers, as well as hosting a podcast devoted to genre filmmaking (called My Bloody Podcast). I've been married for seven happy years, and I have one son who is all about dinosaurs just like his dad.