You might not think a typical suburb that happens to be Canada’s ninth largest city would be a destination for directors to shoot their next big budget picture.
Toronto usually gets those honours, but it just so happens Brampton has documented a number of movies and television shows, even music videos, that were filmed right here in the city.
Here are five movies, music videos and TV shows that were shot right here in Brampton.
Downsizing (2016) starring Matt Damon and Kristen Wiig
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This movie tells the story of Paul and Audrey Safranek (played by Damon and Wiig), a couple who decide to undertake a newly-invented procedure to shrink their bodies so they can start a new life in an experimental community. When Audrey refuses the procedure at the last minute, a procedure which is permanent, Paul has to reassess his life and choices after befriending an impoverished activist.
According to the city, scenes were shot at a private distribution warehouse in Brampton, along with locations in Mississauga and Toronto, specifically the Aga Khan Museum.
Special Correspondents (2016) starring Ricky Gervais and Eric Bana
This movie was released on April 29, 2016 starring comedian Gervais and actor Bana as a radio journalist and his technician who got in over their heads when they hatch a scheme to fake their own kidnapping during a rebel uprising in Ecuador but instead end up hiding out in New York.
According to the City of Brampton, scenes of this movie were shot at the Clairville Conservation Area.
Orphan Black – Episodes 307 & 310
This science fiction thriller on the Space Channel focuses on the moral and ethical issues surrounding human cloning and its implications on issues of personal identity.
As the city indicated, two episodes of the show were shot in Brampton, specifically at the David Suzuki Secondary School and Mount Pleasant Village, including Mount Pleasant Community Centre and Square and street facing business on Sidford Road.
Beeba Boys (2014) starring Randeep Hooda
Written by Indo-Canadian director Deepa Mehta, it starts Hooda as Jeet Johar, a single father and observant Sikh, who also happens to be a gangster managing a team of stylish, charismatic, but brutal young men in a life of crime; some parts of the movie are based on true events.
Shawn Mendes – Something Big
According to the city, this music video was also shot in Brampton.
There is a plethora of films, TV shows and other music videos that were shot in Brampton. Peel Memorial Hospital, after it was closed down in 2007, was the site of several films according to the Brampton Film Office before the building was torn down and replaced by the Peel Memorial Centre for Integrated Health and Wellness.
For a complete list of movies, TV shows and music videos that were shot in Brampton, click here.