Spinners

Spinners

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The exhilarating world of spinning promises a way out for a conflicted young man trapped in a gang war in Spinners. All the episodes are ready to binge.

Spinners follows Ethan, a 17-year-old driver working for a local gang. Trying to support his younger brother but increasingly disgusted with gang life, Ethan discovers a possible way out via spinning, an extreme motorsport where he can put his driving skills to better use. But the looming gang war jeopardises that hope.

Spinners is the first African series selected in competition at Canneseries; won three awards at Dakar Series, including Best TV Series; received a standing ovation from its sold-out South African premiere at Silwerskerm; and was the opening night screening at MIP Africa, generating rave reviews.

The third co-production between Showmax and CANAL+, Spinners’ cast includes Arendsvlei’s Cantona James and Chelsea Thomas in leading roles, along with Dillon Windvogel (Blood & Water) and South African Film and Television Award (SAFTA) winner Brendon Daniels (Zulu, Skemerdans, Five Fingers for Marseille).  

Directed by Jaco Bouwer (2021 SXSW Best Cinematography winner Gaia, 2022 SAFTA Best TV Drama winner 4 Mure), Spinners is co-created by producer Joachim Landau and showrunner Benjamin Hoffman of Empreinte Digitale. The English/Kaaps/Afrikaans drama is co-produced by Locarno, Amiens and FESPACO winner Ramadan Suleman (Zulu Love Letter, Fools) from Natives at Large, Spinners’ local co-production company. DJ Ready D is the music supervisor and also composing tracks for the series. 

All episodes of Spinners Season 1 are now streaming on Showmax, including Inside Spinners, the exclusive behind-the-scenes look at car spinning in South Africa.

Meet the cast of Spinners

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Ethan – Cantona James

Ethan is a 17-year-old driver working for a gang on the Cape Flats. Needing to support his younger brother but increasingly disgusted by gang life, Ethan discovers a possible way out via spinning.

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Amber – Chelsea Thomas

Amber is the best female spinner in the country. She’s Ethan’s friend and rival, and she’s playful, snarky and very talented. She’s a close friend and support to Ethan, but she’s not afraid to push him to make the right decisions. 

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Phumeza – Katlego Lebogang

Phumeza is a young detective, not yet hardened by years on the force. She’s called in to investigate an incident involving the gangs, and seems to take a liking to Ethan. 

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Damien – Elton Landrew

Gang leader Damien is an interesting character. Is he a protector for Ethan, or does he have darker motives for drawing into gang life? Damien is definitely a man with secrets, and while he has a softer side, he has no scruples when it comes to gang business. 

Hercules – Brendon Daniels

Hercules – Brendon Daniels

Damien’s loyal henchman, Hercules is ruthless and cruel. His whole life revolves around the gang, and he’ll stop at nothing to get what he wants. 

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Shane – Dillon Windvogel

Shane meets Ethan by accident, and they end up as good friends. Shane is the mechanic of the spinning team, and he introduces Ethan to the world of spinning. 

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Jackie – Stephren Saayman

The stuntman of the spinning team, Jackie is a fun-loving ladies’ man who’s dedicated to his friends and the team. 

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Kayla – Melanie du Bois

Ethan and Byron’s mother, Kayla, hasn’t always stepped up when her sons needed her. Her addictions and other problems have forced Ethan to grow up fast, but this single mother is determined to make up for it. Will she be strong enough when it counts? 

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Sit down with Cantona James

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Sit down with Chelsea Thomas

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Meet Brendon Daniels

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Meet Katlego Lebogang

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Spinners: The trailer

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Spinners: Second trailer

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A deeper look

Cantona James as Ethan in Spinners on Showmax

Meet the cast and characters of Spinners

The cast of the award-winning Showmax Original Spinners includes Cantona James, Elton Landrew, Chelsea Thomas and Brendon Daniels.

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Katlego Lebogang on her role as Phumeza in Showmax Original Spinners

Katlego Lebogang talks about playing detective Phumeza and breaking stereotypes in Spinners, now streaming on Showmax.

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Elton Landrew as Damien in Spinners in a parking garage.

Elton Landrew on playing a gang boss in Spinners, now streaming

Elton Landrew talks about playing the role of Damien in Showmax Original Spinners. New episodes every Wednesday.

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Spinners S1

A pulsating, high-octane South African drama. Ethan, a 17-year-old driver trying to escape gang life, discovers a possible way out via spinning, an extreme motorsport. 

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Spinners

The exhilarating world of spinning promises a way out for a conflicted young man trapped in a gang war in Spinners. All the episodes are ready to binge.

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DJ Ready D on curating the soundtrack for Spinners

The hip hop legend DJ Ready D talks about being the music supervisor and composing tracks for Showmax Original Spinners. 

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Dillon Windvogel on Spinners and gangsters with heart

Dillon Windvogel talks about speaking his mother tongue for the first time in Showmax Original, Spinners, coming 8 November.

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Chelsea Thomas on starring as Amber in Spinners

Chelsea Thomas talks about her role in Spinners, the first African series selected in competition at Canneseries. Premiering 8 November on Showmax.

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