The GTA is well known for its ability to provide a solid and reasonably-priced backdrop for film and television. While a lot of the attention is focused on downtown Toronto’s ability to stand in for virtually any city on the planet, Brampton has seen its fair share of screen time and movie shoots. We’ve already done a roundup of television shows shot in the city, and here is a list of significant films that have rolled through town.
A sci-fi social satire directed by Alexander Payne, Downsizing tells the story of a married couple who decide to have themselves shrunk down in order to cope with their chaotic lives. The film began shooting in Ontario last year and made a stop at a warehouse in Brampton. To date, it has the most star-packed cast attached to a film that made a pitstop in Brampton. The cast includes action superstar Matt Damon, Kristen Wiig, Jason Sudeikis, and Neil Patrick Harris. Its release is set for late 2017.
A low-key thriller via Jim Sheridan, Dream House follows the life of a New York publisher who quits the Big Apple hustle to settle in the suburbs and pursue a writing career. His plans are derailed when he finds the lovely fixer-upper he purchased for his family harbours a dark secret. Brampton takes a turn as a suburban backdrop for the flick. Though not a critical darling, it’s notable for its star Daniel Craig of James Bond fame.
To date, Special Correspondents is the first Netflix original to shoot scenes in Brampton. The comedy starring Ricky Gervais alongside Eric Bana follows a pair of journalists who fake their own kidnappings while laying low in New York City. The production passed through Brampton’s Claireville Conservation Area.
Horror icon and dual Canadian citizen, George A Romero, made a stop in Brampton for his 2005 flick Land of The Dead. It follows the last group of survivors, embedded in a walled city and struggling to survive in a zombie-fueled post-apocalypse. The film is one of the touchstones of Romero’s Dead series.
A refreshing and modern take on the gangster flick, Canadian director Deepa Mehta’s 2015 crime-comedy dives into the Sikh criminal underworld in Vancouver. Though predominantly set on the west coast the crew passed through Brampton with stops at the Lionhead Golf and Conference Centre and the McMurchy Pool.
Robert Schwentke action-flick starring superstar Bruce Willis drew scenes from Brampton among other spots in the GTA. The thriller follows the life of a former black-ops operative forced out of retirement by an assassin.
Jane Anderson’s 2005 film, which brought to life the memoir of Terry Ryan, and starred Julianne Moore and Woody Harrelson, tells the tale of a housewife who supports her family through the unique gift of winning corporate-sponsored jingle contests. It filmed in various locations across Ontario and had both interior and exterior shots in Brampton.
Doug Liman’s action-adventure, which follows David Rice, played by Hayden Christensen, one of a very special group of people with the ability to instantly transport themselves around the world, as he flees a group looking to kill him. Due to its plot, the film is shot in over 20 cities around the world, among them, Brampton.
One of the more acclaimed films to pass through Brampton, Gus Van Sant’s mid-nineties black comedy was a critical hit. It follows Nicole Kidman’s character Suzanne Stone as she manipulates a group of high-schoolers to kill her husband.
Potentially one of the most prestigious indie films to shoot scenes in Brampton, Room starring Brie Larson and directed by Lenny Abrahamson, was adapted from Irish-Canadian Emma Donoghue’s award-winning novel of the same name. The story follows Larson’s character Joy Newsome and her son Jack (Jacob Tremblay) as they cope with the consequences of being locked away from the world and held against their will in a rudimentary room in suburban Ohio.
Feature image from movie ‘Downsizing’