For July’s #StreamTeam post sponsored by Netflix, I was challenged to put together a blog post focusing on Netflix’s Canadian content in celebration of Canada Day!
Netflix indeed has quite a bit of Canadian content…but, since my post is a wee bit late and today is “Natal Day” (the day set aside to celebrate Nova Scotia’s “birthday”)…I thought I’d take things a little step further and find Netflix content specifically from Nova Scotia!
After a bit of research about Nova Scotia film locations and actors…here’s what I’ve come up with.
Starting with one of the biggest blockbuster films of all time…several scenes from the 1997 movie, Titanic, were filmed just off Halifax harbour.
In fact, the piece of wooden paneling that Rose floated on after the sinking was based on a real artifact that survived the sinking and is on display at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic in Halifax. And, while DiCaprio played the part of Jack Dawson, there is a “J. Dawson” headstone at Fairview Lawn Cemetery in Halifax where many of the Titanic victims are buried. While many people visit the headstone, it was actually discovered AFTER the movie had already been created and the naming of the character was quite unintentional.
Trailer Park Boys:
Those of use who live in Halifax are particularly familiar with the Trailer Park Boys. In 2015, all seasons were available on Netflix as well as their feature films and live comedy specials. The 11th season has been renewed…and fans of the widely popular show are anxiously awaiting the release date of the 11th season!
Another show quite familiar to the folks around Halifax is the ever-popular Mr. D…a show about an under-qualified teacher trying to fake his way through his teaching job and life in general. I’ve had a number of friends and friend’s children appear in various episodes of the show that’s filmed right here at home.
While Nova Scotia has been a mecca for film production for many years and I can list multiple films that have been created here, many of them aren’t available (yet) on Netflix…so, I went looking for actors from Nova Scotia with films on Netflix and there were quite a few!
Just released a few days ago, Netflix’s original feature film Tallulah stars Halifax’s darling, Ellen Page.
Written and directed by Sian Heder (Orange is the New Black), Tallula tells the story of a freewheeling girl, Lu, who after a chance encounter with a neglectful mother, impulsively “rescues” a baby.
Before becoming an international film star, Ellen Page got her start in a few Canadian television shows including the Trailer Park Boys. Page was born and raised in Halifax and attended Halifax Grammar and Shambhala schools before moving to Toronto to pursue her acting career.
Other movies on Netflix starring Page include To Rome with Love, The East, Touchy Feely and Chelsea.
An actress, producer and director, Leslie Hope was born in Halifax in 1965. Hope is probably best known for her role as Kiefer Sutherland’s wife during the first season of 24.
Hope has also appeared in other shows on Netflix including Suits and Murdoch Mysteries.
Best known for his role as Mike Faber on the series Homeland, Diego Klattenhoff was born in Nova Scotia and grew up in Pictou County. At 19, Klattenhoff moved to Toronto to explore a career in acting. He can also be found in the Netflix shows After Earth, Unconditional and Suits.
While born in New Brunswick, Donald Sutherland spent his teen years in Bridgewater, Nova Scotia. In 2015, Sutherland worked with animation studios in Ottawa to create the adventure film, Pirate’s Passage, based on a novel by William Gilkerson about the fictional town of Grey Rocks, Nova Scotia. Honestly, the film wasn’t created in Nova Scotia and Sutherland wasn’t born here…but it’s cool that it’s based on a pretend town in Nova Scotia…right?
Sutherland can also be found in a few other shows on Netflix including Hunger Games and Crossing Lines.
I did a fair bit of looking around to find Netflix shows that have either been filmed in Nova Scotia or have actors from Nova Scotia and I think it’s a good start…but I could really use your help! If you know of any more…add your thoughts in the comments below.
Disclaimer: I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with Netflix….however, as always, opinions and stories are my own.