by Brent Eades
Well, this is a big surprise — another Christmas movie is being filmed in Almonte.
This is — what? — the fourth Christmas movie to be filmed in town over the past several years? It does say something about our town that when movie-makers want a location that cries out ‘perfect small-town Christmas’, they send their convoys of actors, cameras and equipment to us.
The latest movie, titled A Christmas Getaway, starts shooting on Mill Street and Little Bridge Street on Tuesday. The plot is described below in the notes from the production company.
The movie is directed by Megan Follows, who many readers will remember as the lead in the CBC’s 1985 production of ‘Anne of Green Gables’.
Apparently pseudo-snow will start appearing on downtown streets as of Monday.
Nina Bains, Location Manager
Dear residents and merchants of in the vicinity of North Market, Baker Bob’s, Tin Barn Market & Couple’s Corner:
CHRISTMAS GETAWAY is a feature film being shot in Almonte, Ontario. This film is about a woman escaping her city life during the Christmas holidays to take refuge in a holiday rental that requires her to run the attached bookshop. During her stay finds the man of her dreams in the most unlikely of places.
Please take a moment to read the following information about the filming of CHRISTMAS GETAWAY at the above-noted businesses from Tuesday, Sept. 4th to Saturday, Sept 16th, 2018.
Getaway Productions Inc. would like to provide you with as much information as possible about our presence to help you prepare for our arrival and anticipate how our activity might affect your daily routine/business. Our presence and filming will be CONTINUOUS during this period with a timeline as follows:
Tuesday, September 4, 2018:
- Filming interior and exterior scenes at Baker Bob’s & Tin Barn Market between 7 AM to 10 PM
Wednesday, September 5 to Sunday, September 16, 2018:
- Filming interior and exterior scenes in and at North Market Cafe.
**We will not be filming on September 9 or September 10.
**We will be leaving the Christmas snow and decorations in place for the duration of our schedule
IMPACT ON TRAFFIC AND PEDESTRIANS:
There will be an intermittent impact on pedestrian traffic and intermittent impact on vehicular traffic.
Our production vehicles will move in and out of place on Mill Street on an as-needed basis while we are filming each day.
We empathize that our presence may affect your routine and appreciate your cooperation during this time. Please be assured that we will do all in our power to minimize the impact of our activities in your neighbourhood. The goodwill of Ottawa citizens and communities is essential for our livelihood and a healthy film and television industry. It is a relationship that we intend to maintain in good standing. Should you require access to the restricted area during this time (delivery, repairs, moving out, special needs/accessibility etc.) do not hesitate to contact us.