Based on Margaret Atwood's bestselling book of the same name, Hulu's highly anticipated series chronicles a dystopian world where women are subjugated and fertility rates have collapsed.
In a totalitarian society, women are forced into sexual servitude, and their value lies in their fertility. Offred (Elisabeth Moss) is one such woman.
The fifth season of 'The Handmaid's Tale' is filmed entirely in Ontario, including the Greater Toronto Area, Brantford, Cambridge, and the Regional Municipality of Niagara. A slew of pivotal sequences were lensed across the province for this fifth iteration of the dystopian drama, and we're taking a look at where each scene was filmed.
One of the key locations to visit in this region is Cinespace Film Studios, which was used for the majority of the show's studio work. This location is the hub of the series, and it's home to June's husband Luke (Luke Kirby), Moira's mother Lydia (Susan Sarandon), and countless other characters.
Other key filming sites in the area include Allan Gardens Children's Conservatory, Bay Station, Bernie Arbour Memorial Stadium, and the Bonjour Brioche cafe. The city of Hamilton was also used as a backdrop for scenes throughout the series, with Commander Waterford (Joseph Fiennes) and his wife Serena (Yvonne Strahovski) living in a house on Aberdeen Avenue.
The City of Cambridge is one of the major backdrops for the fictional Republic of Gilead in the popular Hulu series, based on the 1985 book by Margaret Atwood. It’s a dystopian world where fertile women are treated like slaves.
In season 2, the handmaids are gathered at Boston’s Fenway Park to be executed. The scene was filmed at local business, Monigrams Coffee Roasters, which has a location in Cambridge.
There are also a number of scenes set in downtown Cambridge. These include pre-Gilead protests and daily life in Gilead.
According to Devon Hogue, the Business Information Officer for the City of Cambridge, the city played a major role in filming the show. Some of the main sites used are the Main Street Bridge and the river walk by Mill Street Park. The courtroom in episode 3 was filmed in the city council chambers.
The series is set in a dystopian North America, but much of it is filmed in Canada to look like a future Massachusetts. That means a lot of locations around the city of Cambridge, as well as Galt, have become the backdrops for Gilead and its inhabitants.
Some of the most harrowing scenes on the show, such as where dissidents hang from a brick wall in order to warn others, are shot in both Cambridge and Galt. They are also filmed in Mill Race Park and some of the shops on Main Street.
Queen's Square in downtown Galt serves as the main location for Gilead, where Offred, June and their aunts meet secretly to have mayday conversations or to attend protests and processions. It is surrounded by historic homes, antique street lights and large mature trees.
The horror-filled world of Gilead is based on the novel The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood, and the show is filmed in several locations across Ontario. But Hamilton is the city that's seen a lot of filming for this hit series, especially in the fourth season.
The fundraising event in the first episode of season four was filmed at Rock Garden Cafe, located in the Royal Botanical Gardens in Hamilton. The church that was torn down in the second episode is the James Street Baptist Church, and the hanging scene in episode three, "Late", was filmed across from the HSR MacNab Street Bus Terminal.
In the final episode, June and Commander Fred escape Gilead, and they both wind up in Canada. The diner where they meet and exchange their telegrams is Hutch's on the Beach in Hamilton, and the office building where June records her statement is Globe and Mail Centre on King Street East.
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