Canal+ is teaming up with African streamer Showmax for its latest drama from Africa, an action drama about dangerous South African motor racing. Manufacturing on Spinners began in Cape Town on the eight-part series this week, with Gaia director Jaco Bouwer attached.
Pull in English, Kaaps and Afrikaans, it is produced by Joachim Landau and Raphaël Rocher for French indie company Empreinte Digitale and co-produced by Locarno, Amiens and FESPACO winner Ramadan Suleman and his film and TV production company Natives at Large. Studiocanal, owned by Canal+, holds the international distribution rights.
Landau co-created the show with Benjamin Hoffman. The director is Bouwer, whose horror Gaia won the ZEISS Cinematography Award last year at SXSW, with Matthew Jankes, Sean Steinberg, Gillian Breslin, Daniel Zimbler, Byron Abrahams and Zoë Laband making up the writing team.
The motorsport the series is based on sees cars being driven at high speeds with drivers performing stunts in and out of the vehicle.
SpinnersThe synopsis reads: “Ethan is a 17-year-old driver who works for a local gang, led with an iron fist by Damien. Trying to support his younger brother but increasingly disgusted with this life and constantly on edge, Ethan discovers a possible way out through spinning, an intense local sport where he could put his racing skills to good use. But the impending gang war imperils that hope.
ArendsvleiCantona James and Chelsea Thomas have been cast in the lead roles, alongside South African Film and Television Award (SAFTA) winner Brendon Daniels (Zulu, Skemerdans) and Dillon Windvogel (Blood & Water) also attached. DJ Ready D, a South African hip hop star who co-founded Prophets of the City) is the musical supervisor and composes the tracks for the series.
French channel Canal+ has produced 13 original TV series from Africa since 2018, including invisible and Agentand now an ambition to produce 10 per year from the territory.