Picture yourself in a starring role at Parkwood, perhaps in a period movie about someone rich and famous in the early 20th century. Action is called and you descend the famous curved staircase toward your close-up.
Parkwood’s beauty and history provide a stunning backdrop for film work and professional photography. It sounds exciting, and often is when productions come to shoot at Parkwood. And who isn’t proud to see the beauty & history of Parkwood captured on the movie or television screen, or a glossy magazine spread.
Parkwood is part of a small group of mansion & garden locations, that help Ontario’s film industry attract foreign and domestic film productions to the GTA, working closely with the Ontario Media Development Corporation – our Agent, so to speak.
Once in a while a film production really speaks to Parkwood’s era and events of the past, as for example Global TV’s Bomb Girls which aired in early 2012. The story depicts the lives of women working in munitions factories in WWII, and happens to coincide with local war & homefront history and the Ajax plant. Canada recently recognized these women’s roles with a National Historic Event designation.
For nationally-significant and irreplaceable heritage resources like Parkwood’s museum filming can be a bit hair-raising, and requires careful balancing of much-needed revenues against site protection and visitor impacts. Learn more, as we give our Curator a speaking part in Protecting Our Star, and find your favourites among our list of Films & Stars.