Film in Waterloo Region

Waterloo Region has an Interesting History of Filmmaking

Len and Charlie Roos’ Canadian Film Company.

Galt natives Len and Charlie Roos left an indelible imprint on Canadian film in the 1920′s with their Canadian Film Company. They started their film career around 1910 and made a 90-minute feature film called “Self Defense” during the First World War. During their career they produced movies on a range of themes and content from industry and agriculture to newsreels for Canadian Fox News and Canadian Pathé.

Cambridge technology takes film-goers into space.

Cambridge natives Graeme Ferguson, Bill Shaw and Robert Kerr developed cameras and projectors capable of using 70 mm film … ten times larger than conventional 35 mm film. First used as part of Canada’s pavilion at Expo 70 in Osaka Japan, the technology went on to be the centre-piece for Toronto’s Cinesphere at Ontario Place. Since 1968, Imax productions have been shot around the world and even into space by NASA astronauts aboard Shuttle flights … while IMAX theatres continue to be build around the globe.

 

Setting the Stage

Setting the Stage: Film & TV Projects in Waterloo Region

Over the last decade, the diverse and historic architecture and rich, scenic vistas of our four seasons have made our region the ideal backdrop for film and television projects. A number of TV Series have chosen Cambridge as a site including Bitten, Nikita, Murdoch Mysteries, Discovery Channel, Cineflix and Rogers Daytime TV.

There have also been feature length Film and TV projects that have chosen to shoot projects in our Region including:

Feature Films

  • The Rescuers (1999) starring Elizabeth Perkins, Martin Landau and Anne Bancroft was filmed in Downtown Cambridge around the Main St. Bridge and Queen’s Square
  • Haven (2000) starring Natasha Richardson was filmed at an historic stone building on Concession Street
  • John Q (2000) starring Denzel Washington was filmed in the Babcock & Wilcox plant
  • The In-Laws (2002) starring Michael Douglas and Albert Brooks chose the Main Street bridge and Southworks as a film site
  • Cold Creek Manor (2002) starring Dennis Quaid and Sharon Stone was shot at the Cruickston Park Estate
  • Homie Spumoni (2005) with Whoopi Goldberg, Donald Faison and Jamie-Lynn Sigler was filmed at Mill Race Park
  • Silent Hill 2 (2011) a horror film featuring Sean Bean, Carrie-Anne Moses and Malcolm McDowell was filmed in Downtown Cambridge including the Main Street Bridge and Market Square
  • Mama (2013) a horror film starring Jessica Chastain, Javier Botet and Daniel Kash was shot Downtown Cambridge along Water and Dickson Streets.

Made-for-TV Movies

  • Son of Mistletoe was filmed on Main Street in 2001
  • Big Spender starring Canadian actor Graham Green was filmed in 2002
  • St. Ralph featuring Jennifer Tilly and Cambridge’s own Adam Butcher was shot with the Downtown as a backdrop in 2003
  • Celine was shot in East Galt area of Cambridge in 2007