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Hamilton's Tinseltown welcomes Bowie biopic and Anne with an E among others

Of the films and shows shot in town this year, some of the more notable productions include Anne with an E, Season 13 of Murdoch Mysteries, a reboot of The Hardy Boys and season three of The Handmaid's Tale — most of which will air in 2020.

The city's reputation as an emerging market for filmmaking isn't losing momentum

Anne with an E, Stardust and Murdoch Mysteries were among the productions shot in Hamilton this year.

Most wouldn't connect Anne of Green Gables, Detective William Murdoch, the Hardy Boys and David Bowie to Hamilton, but they were part of the 141 film and television productions in the city for 2019.

"In 2018 we saw a 50 per cent increase in the number of permits issued vs. 2017, and we've seen the higher volumes hold steady for 2019," Kim Adrovez, the city of Hamilton's senior project manager of film told CBC.

"The interest in Hamilton as a location is great for the industry in this city, which is home to Canada's third-largest cluster of film businesses; 85 per cent of businesses wanting to move to Hamilton have filmed here."

Of the films and shows shot in town this year, some of the more notable productions include Anne with an E, Season 13 of Murdoch Mysteries, a reboot of The Hardy Boys and season three of The Handmaid's Tale — most of which will air in 2020.

Netflix, Hulu and CBC Gem were the most common networks from the highlighted productions.

Actors like Liam Hemsworth also talked highly of southern Ontario's Tinseltown during his filming of Dodge and Miles, writing, "Night shoots in down town Hamilton are very exciting," to his fourteen million followers on Instagram.

Some of the top spots for filming in the area include Main Street and James Street North, Liuna Station and the First Ontario Place.

While the city had a slight bump in film productions this year, it also had fewer permits at 790 compared to 811 in 2018. Though, it is still an increase from the 500-550 for the five years before 2018.

The city says about 9,140 locals work in the film industry.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Bobby Hristova is a journalist with CBC Hamilton. He reports on all issues, but has a knack for stories that hold people accountable, stories that focus on social issues and investigative journalism. He previously worked for the National Post and CityNews in Toronto. You can contact him at bobby.hristova@cbc.ca.

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