A short character sketch of Aldane, Wenties Spinnerz member.

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In Wentworth, a rough neighbourhood outside Durban, South Africa, there are 2 types of petrolheads: those who race, and those who spin. Keelyn drag races his souped up Audi S3 against anyone who dares to challenge him. It will reach 270km/hour and destroy most adversaries but the real fun, he says, is running from the police. Aldane is a member of the ‘Wenties Spinnerz’ crew, a group of BMW stalwarts who perform wild stunts for devoted crowds in the car park of the local public swimming pool. 13 year old schoolgirl Caitlin is a crowd favourite who never fails to impress.

Spinning and drag racing are both illegal but although the police are often present, they seldom prosecute drivers or intervene. In fact they occasionally take part. The drivers say their aim is to inspire the youth with an alternative to gangsterism and crime but they themselves have close links to notorious car theft rings.

Wenties gives us a glimpse into the adrenaline fueled lives of these resident celebrities; the economical hardship and domestic pressure that they endure, the constant risk of injury or death and the recognition, admiration and sense of belonging that is their ultimate reward. Together they paint a portrait of a complex and paradoxical post-Apartheid South Africa where rules can be bent, identities morph to suit the situation and people express themselves in the most eccentric and unexpected ways.

Produced and Directed by Niceonesteve
Assistant Camera - Brendan Taljaard
Assistant Camera and Production Manager - Ryan Francis
Music - No Question by Sibot

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