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‘An Ordinary People’ is a behind-the-scenes all-access look at the inner belly of spinning, South Africa’s most popular motorsport. The drivers, the stuntmen, the managers and the fans who live and breathe its fumes.
The release date has been set (4 December 2021) and we can guarantee that if you thought spinning was just a bunch of backyard gangsters doing donuts after dark, you are about to be hugely mistaken!
On the origin of the sport of spinning Ernest says: ‘Spinning had a similar beginning to NASCAR. Back in the day during the prohibition they would soup up the cars to get away from the cop cars and on weekends they would race. Similarly, spinning started with people stealing the cars in town and celebrating the bounty by doing donuts. But there are almost no similarities to spinning back then and now. Now spinning takes place in big arenas under controlled conditions, attracting audiences of over 15 million people annually.’
5 Years and over 20 Terabytes of footage
Ernest Nkosi, spent every free moment he had creating and directing ‘An Ordinary People’ all while being a full-time commercials director with Bomb Commercials. With only a team of five, Ernest spent the past 5 years on the road (in between his commercials directing) capturing the world of spinning. From one event to the next, Ernest has collected over 20 Terabytes of interviews and stunts from all over South Africa and beyond ‘I’ve been to Kuruman and back’ he jokes, but it’s true.
Moving culture forward
‘Any moment you have the opportunity to move culture forward you take it. Like the birth of kwaito, spinning is equally as important to our heritage. It’s important for our history. With so much influence coming from overseas, to be able to pinpoint and document that this is South Africa’s first and original motorsport that literally grew from the township, that has been the highest honour.’ – Ernest Nkosi
In ‘An Ordinary People’ Ernest has captured a remarkable piece of South African heritage that can now become a part of our history and be remembered for generations to come. He has created and documented a piece of our country’s culture that we as South Africans and the rest of the world might never have known about and he has done it with heart and authenticity. Ernests’ film not only revealed this remarkable sport to us personally but more importantly, he crafted beautiful stories around it that gave us access to the hearts and minds of the athletes and characters that live for spinning. As to how he stayed motivated for five years to tell this story, well that’s Ernest. Whether documentary, long-form or commercials, Ernest has built a reputation for working honestly and tirelessly in aid of telling our country’s stories and doing the people and culture justice in the telling.