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Toronto's Trinity Bellwoods turned into Russia for film or TV shoot

Alex Southey Mar 01, 2017 3:24 am 100

So often you see “New York,” “Boston,” or “Chicago” instead of “Toronto” on various signs around the city for film shoots, all because of the city’s great tax breaks and its ability to turn American with little set changes.

But seeing it as “Russia” is a rarity.

Time warped to Russia this morning #trinitybellwoods #torontofilm #привет #whatdoesthissay ???

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A few people walking past Trinity Bellwoods Community Centre recently noticed its signs were no longer in English but in Russian, and beneath the Russian signs were the typical set security guards. There were also what appeared to be actors dressed in earth toned, old fashioned Soviet Union-looking winter jackets.

Toronto has become particularly nasty this winter, so why not shoot a Soviet Union period drama in one of its dreary parks and accompanying community centres?

Looks like #russia took over my park

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We’ll probably have to wait at least a few months to find out what this is, whether it’s a movie, or if a show like The Americans ventured up here to shoot their upcoming final season.

Until then, let the conspiracy theories run free.

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Alex Southey
Alex is a freelance writer for Daily Hive TO, Creative Screenwriting Magazine, and BeatRoute based in Toronto, Canada. He works as a freelance screenwriter and script editor. In 2016, he graduated from Vancouver Film School for screenwriting. He spends too much time reading old Roger Ebert film reviews, and new Emily Nussbaum articles.

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