57 Films recently partnered with Beijing’s Ciwen Media on the first Chinese television drama series shot in Australia, titled Speed. The series was filmed in Adelaide and surrounding areas over 6 weeks in March and April.
Starring Elvis Han, Xu Lu, and Du Haitao, the 32-part series tells the story of an underground street racer turned professional race car driver. Around 50 South Australian crew, plus local cast and extras, worked on the shoot and were joined by approximately 120 cast and crew from China. Speed is directed by acclaimed Chinese Director Gan Lu with action sequences directed by specialist Hong Kong director Bruce Law. Mr Law’s credits include Jackie Chan’s Supercop, Transformers: Age of Extinction and Mission Impossible 3.
57 Films beat out international competition from producers in Canada, Italy and the USA to secure the production for South Australia with the company’s strong presence and investment in China providing the winning edge.
“Speed will further strengthen relationships between China and South Australia, inject millions into the local economy, create local jobs and put South Australia directly into the homes of millions in China,” said 57 Films founder Paul Ryan.
“Speed’s Chinese producers have been impressed with South Australia’s choice of film locations, accessibility to China and Hong Kong and the screen industry talent within the State.
“57 Films is very appreciative of the logistical support received from the State government, local government and the South Australian Film Corporation.”
Speed is being produced by Beijing-based heavyweight Ciwen Media Co. Ltd which produces 200 hours of television drama and 1-2 feature films every year. Ciwen Media Co. Ltd is listed on the Chinese stock market with the value of US $4 billion.
The success of 57 Films in bringing Speed to South Australia follows the company’s recent Chinese productions and co-productions which have included Chef Exchange, The AFL Show with Port Adelaide Football Club for CCTV in China, and a large commercial production for the City of Qingdao.