/News 02.05.17


The streets of South Australia’s capital city Adelaide have been a hive of activity with the production of Speed, the first Chinese TV drama series to be shot in Australia.

The 32-episode Chinese TV and online series is being produced by Beijing-based Ciwen Media Co. Ltd and directed by acclaimed Chinese Director Gan Lu.  Action sequences were directed by specialist Hong Kong Director Bruce Law, whose credits include Jackie Chan’s Supercop.

South Australian production company 57 Films facilitated all local production with founder Paul Ryan as Australian Producer and Adelaide’s Julie Byrne from Triptych Pictures as Line Producer.

Speed will further strengthen relationships between China and South Australia” said 57 Films Paul Ryan. “Speed’s Chinese producers have been impressed with South Australia’s choice of film locations, accessibility from China and Hong Kong and the screen industry talent within the State.”

South Australian Film Corporation CEO Annabelle Sheehan said it’s fantastic to have Chinese Ciwen Media choose South Australia’s locations and crews for this major production. “SAFC is proud to support the project which will showcase Adelaide and South Australia to millions of Chinese viewers” said Ms Sheehan.

Speed follows the journey of an underground street racer who is discovered and goes on to race professionally. The high-octane series features action-packed scenes and fast-paced car races designed to thrill a Chinese audience. Fifteen episodes were shot in South Australia across the Adelaide CBD, beaches and nearby Adelaide Hills.


Speed behind the scenes.

South Australia offers international productions an excellent production base showcasing incredible locations from the beaches to the outback, anchored by a dynamic, modern capital city in Adelaide. Featuring state-of-the-art production facilities at the Adelaide Studios with sound stages, production offices and post-sound facilities, South Australia is a one stop shop for productions of every scale.

Key South Australian facts:

  • South Australian state capital Adelaide –  population 1.2M
  • International Flights – direct to Guangzhou and Hong Kong, Doha and Dubai, Singapore and Kuala Lumpur
  • State Government funding agency South Australian Film Corporation (SAFC) offers funding in addition to the federal incentives including production and post production funding, support for an upfront Payroll Tax Exemption and Recce Assistance funds to scout locations
  • Recent South Australian credits include Hotel Mumbai, Cargo and Wolf Creek TV


Sarah Lancaster, Production Attraction and Development Executive, South Australian Film Corporation
p: +61 8 8394 2024  e: [email protected]   w: www.safilm.com.au