Canal+ and Showmax behind the wheel for Cape Town car racing series Spinners

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A participant performs during the Red Bull Shay’iMoto in Johannesburg, South Africa on October 19, 2019.
A participant performs during the Red Bull Shay’iMoto in Johannesburg, South Africa on October 19, 2019.
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  • Canal+ and Showmax have teamed up for a new co-production set in the world of car spinning.
  • The eight-episode action-drama Spinners began filming in Cape Town this week.
  • The series stars Arendsvlei's Cantona James and Chelsea Thomas.

Canal+ and MultiChoice have teamed up to film another co-production in South Africa, this time an action-drama series called Spinners.

The 8-episode series, which will stream on MultiChoice's video streaming service Showmax goes inside the dangerous world of car spinning in Cape Town.

Spinners is produced by Empreinte Digitale and Natives at Large, with Jaco Bouwer as director and Benjamin Hoffman as co-creator and showrunner.

Filming started in the Mother City this week, with the story revolving around Ethan, a 17-year-old driver working for a local gang who discovers car spinning in which he excels and where he puts his driving skills to use.

Under the shadow of a looming gang war and with his gang being run by gangster Damien with an iron fist, Ethan tries to support his younger brother while he is increasingly disgusted with his own life, and tries to use car spinning as his exit from gang life.

The cast of Spinners include Cantona James and Chelsea Thomas from the Cape Town based Afrikaans telenovela Arendsvlei on kykNET & Kie (DStv 145), as well as Brendon Daniels and Dillon Windvogel. The series will be in English, Afrikaans and Kaaps Afrikaans.

Hip hop star DJ Ready D is the Spinners music supervisor and composing tracks for the series.

In March, speaking as a panellist at kykNET's 10th Silwerskerm film festival in Camps Bay, Allan Sperling, MultiChoice Group's executive head of physical production, hinted that "an Afrikaans co-production has been signed, and we're going into production within the next few months".

"It is possible to do Afrikaans international co-productions. We're in partnership with Canal+, who are taking the French rights, and the rest of the world will be up for sales; and this is where we're looking to recoup, and the producer also gets proceeds from that. So it is also possible for Afrikaans shows to become co-productions," he said a few months ago.

READ MORE | Silwerskerm Film Festival: With SA's global co-productions in its infancy MultiChoice to announce Afrikaans series with Canal+

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