In movies, Toronto often stands in for other world cities (frequently New York and Chicago), but Hogtown is very rarely given the opportunity to play itself in the movies. But recently, the Ontario capital has been able to actually be itself in big Hollywood productions, instead of pretending to be something it's not.
After so many years of playing other cities, why is Toronto suddenly getting to play Toronto on the big screen?
Part of it has to do with the emergence of great Canadian filmmaking talents like Denis Villeneuve, Sarah Polley, and Michael Dowse. These directors don’t see setting a movie in Canada as the impediment to success south of the border. Not since director David Cronenberg’s breakout success in the 1980s has Toronto been featured in so many high-profile films.
Then there’s Toronto’s growing reputation on the world stage. If there has been one positive outcome of the ongoing drama with Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, it’s that the international spotlight has been shiningRead More »from Co-starring Toronto: Canada's largest city finally gets to be itself on the big screen