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Jase Ess on 'If Time Flows Back'

Three episodes of the big-budget Chinese television drama series If Time Flows Back was filmed and set in South Australia.


Based at Adelaide Studios, the production has an estimated spend in the state of $1 million and has created 146 jobs for local cast and crew, including seven South Australian Heads of Department, with filming taking place from North Terrace to the Barossa Valley.


The show, created by writer/director Zhang Jiandong and starring Jin Dong (The First Half of My Life, Ode to Joy) and Jiang Xin, attracts a loyal audience of more than 90 million people via Chinese television and streaming platforms. Jiandong, who hails from the Chinese province of Shandong,  wrote South Australia into three of the 45 episodes of the script because of its “Sister Status” with Shandong.


It’s only the latest Chinese production to be secured by Adelaide-based 57 Films following the first Chinese drama series shot in Australia, Speed, and 57 Films’ own groundbreaking Chef Exchange. 


Jase Ess was fortunate to have taken part in this amazing production, appearing in scenes filmed at Hahndorf S.A., and Crafers Wildlife Park.



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