#calledaMOFFIE ‘Armand Aucand’
“In Oliver Hermanus the country has produced its most significant auteur in several generations”
Oliver Hermanus is a multi-award-winning, South African-born film director, writer and photographer who completed his Master of Arts degree at the London Film School and has since made bracing, urgent films that are both poetic and visceral, cementing him in the contemporary arthouse canon.
Hermanus has written and directed four feature-length films since his debut ‘Shirley Adams’ premiered at Locarno in 2009 setting the tone for a career marked by global critical acclaim. ‘Beauty’, his follow-up, premiered in Un Certain Regard Competition at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival and was awarded the Queer Palm Award. His third ‘The Endless River’ premiered in Competition at the 72nd Venice Film Festival – the first South African film to ever be invited to the official competition.
His fourth film ‘Moffie’ premiered in the prestigious Orizzonti competition at the 2019 Venice Film Festival to a standing ovation and was hailed ‘a masterpiece’ in VARIETY. The story of a gay conscript in the army in the 80s gave one critic a panic attack – but Hermanus says it sheds light on the nation’s toxic masculinity.
Hermanus’ fifth, ‘Living’, is the English-language adaptation of Kurosawa’s 1952 classic ‘Ikiru’ from Nobel and Booker Prize winner Kazuo Ishiguro, starring BAFTA and Golden Globe winner Bill Nighy, and Aimee Lou Wood.