Just north of Hollywood North
Located just 30 minutes north of the City of Toronto, the Town of Newmarket is a tightly-knit community of over 80,000 people compactly contained in just 38 square kilometres. A town that feels like a city, Newmarket offers a unique blend of old and new and features a stunning trail system and lush open spaces.
A perfect stand-in location for small-town America, Newmarket’s diverse scenery and quaint historic Main Street has recently caught the eye of major Hollywood producers. While pockets of the community look and feel like a small town, Newmarket’s big-city amenities – such as its ultra modern hospital – have also been featured in a major Hollywood production and an award-winning Canadian TV show.
Repo Men (2010)
Repo Men is a futuristic action-thriller where humans have extended and improved their lives with sophisticated – and expensive – mechanical organs. But buyer beware! The downside of these medical marvels is repossession if you don’t pay your bill.
Directed by Miguel Sapochnik, the film features Hollywood megastars Jude Law and Forest Whitaker. Set 20 years into the future, the movie was shot in a variety of locations including Newmarket’s own Southlake Regional Health Centre.
Repo Men was filmed in 2009 and opened in theatres in April 2010.
Dream House (2011)
Dream House is a thriller where a man and his family move into a home that’s haunted by its former owners. Directed by Jim Sheridan, this haunting thriller features Hollywood A-listers Naomi Watts, Daniel Craig and Rachel Weisz.
Beating out locations like Oakville, Niagara-on-the-Lake and Port Hope, Newmarket’s Main Street was chosen as a location for Dream House for how it looked through the lens. “It’s just so picturesque,” said location manager Will Hoddinott. In Dream House, Newmarket stood in for small-town America.
Dream House will open in theatres in 2011.
Flashpoint is a Canadian-made drama series that follows the risk-filled lives of emergency task force cops. A cross-border hit, Flashpoint has received international acclaim winning three Gemini Awards in 2009.
In February 2010, Flashpoint selected Newmarket’s Southlake Regional Health Centre for a location shoot for an episode in their 2010 lineup.
Interested in filming in Newmarket? Check out the Town’s filming policy or contact the Clerk’s Department at 905-895-5193 for further information. To learn more about Newmarket as a filming location, contact the Town’s Economic Development Officer at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 905-895-5193.