Wheels and Deals

Director: Michael Hammon
Countries: South Africa
Year: 1991
Running Time: 96 min.
Language: English


Released in 1995, this gritty piece of realist drama is also a story of love in a time of dramatic change and possibility in South Africa. Its moody ‘black-and-white’ visuals capture the aura of the era, making this film a truly memorable portrait of life in Soweto during that time. Alsina, an articled clerk in a local law firm, becomes entangled dramatically with all these. She helps Chippa, a shop steward, in a factory strike and guides negotiations with the management. She also steps in, when longtime rent-paying tenants are served with eviction orders. Alsina and Chippa hatch a plan to connect an anti-eviction campaign with an anti-election campaign after it becomes obvious one of the mayoral candidates, Shabantu, is behind the evictions. Alsina allows herself to be wooed by the smooth-talking BT, who has a new set of wheels each time they meet. When Alsina accepts his offer to arrange an affordable car for her, she becomes unwittingly connected to car theft. When it transpires that Shabantu runs the car-theft operation too – the circle dramatically closes.

About the Director

Michael Hammon

Biography: Born in South Africa in 1955, Michael Hammon graduated with a degree in Painting and Photography from the University of Cape Town in 1978. He worked in advertising and as a news cameraman before attending the German Film & Television Academy (DFFB) in Berlin from 1985-1991. Aside from working as director of photography and camera operator on many award-winning national and international productions, he has directed several films. Wheels and Deals (Tödliche Geschäfte – 1991) was his first feature film as a director.

– AFF, Inc.

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Wheels and Deals [Tödliche Geschäfte] (1993).

The Grabber (1983);
Spiral of Rage (1986);
Along the Line (1986);
Worldchampionship (1987);
The Buffalo Hunters (1988);
Mohale Str. Brothers (1989);
We Only Wanted Justice (1990);
Wheels and Deals [Tödliche Geschäfte] (1991);
Trekking to Utopia (1993);
Hillbrow Kids (1999 – Jacqueline Goergen, Michael Hammon);
Little Big Men on Ice (2000);
Fremde Kinder – Schlangen im Feuer (2002);
Bloch – Ein krankes Herz (2005).