The Hamilton Spectator
FANTASY ROMANCE FLICK about ‘love and resilience’ shooting in Hamilton
‘The Invisibles’ stars Tim Blake Nelson, Gretchen Mol and Bruce Greenwood
A fantasy romance called “The Invisibles” will be filming in Hamilton for the next month.
The movie, starring Tim Blake Nelson, began its first day of 10 days of filming on Feb. 14 at a home on Witherspoon Street, near Market Street North, in Dundas. Filming is set to last until March 17.
Producer Mary Anne Waterhouse told The Spectator the movie also features Gretchen Mol, Bruce Greenwood and Hamilton’s own Juno Rinaldi, best known as Frankie Coyne in the CBC sitcom “Workin’ Moms.”
The movie is being helmed by director Andrew Currie, who wrote the screenplay with Colin Aussant. Currie is best known for the comedy-horror flick “Fido” (2006) that starred Billy Connolly as a pet zombie.
Waterhouse said she’s been involved in film projects in Hamilton before and liked what she saw, including dealing with the city’s film office and “how versatile Hamilton is in terms of looks.” These “things made Hamilton the perfect home for our indy (independent film).”
“The Invisibles” focuses on the break up of the marriage of Charlie (Blake Nelson) and Hanna (Mol).
“Charlie and Hanna are in crisis and facing the end of their marriage when Charlie literally starts to disappear,” says a synopsis from Metro International, a British company involved with the movie along with Quadrant Motion Pictures and Resolute Films and Entertainment.
“As he fades from the world, he discovers a new world of Invisibles; people who have disappeared just like him and who now exist in an alternate reality. Continually drawn back to his old life, he starts to see their marriage and the tragic loss of their six-year-old son from Hanna’s point of view and soon realizes that he must fight to return to his reality.”
Metro CEO Will Machin described the film as “a life-affirming sci-fi fantasy about love and resilience.”
“The Invisibles” was one of 21 English market films that shared $12.8 million in funding announced last summer from Telefilm Canada.
Blake Nelson was one of George Clooney’s partners in crime in Joel and Ethan Coen’s Depression-era comedy, “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” (2000). He has also appeared in “Lincoln” (2012) and “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs” (2018).
He was in an episode of Guillermo del Toro’s Netflix horror anthology show “Cabinet of Curiosities”, which filmed in Hamilton in 2021. It was called “Lot 36.” His character had to confront a demon in a storage locker. It did not go well.
Mol is probably best known for her roles as Gillian Dermody in “Boardwalk Empire” (2010-2014) and Evelyn Dutton, the late wife of John Dutton (Kevin Costner) in the widely popular “Yellowstone.” She’s been in plenty of movies such as “Celebrity” (2007).
Greenwood has also been in plenty of TV shows and movies and is best known as Captain Christopher Pike in the reboot of Star Trek. He played two U.S. presidents — JFK in “Thirteen Days” (2000) and a Trump-like president in “Kingsman: The Golden Circle” (2017).
The Ottawa Market was the setting for a Christmas movie.
The business at Ottawa Street North and Britannia Avenue played host to “Christmas by Candlelight” Feb. 7-8. Production crews dressed up the outdoor patio with fake snow made out of cotton.
According to the Film and Television Industry Alliance, the plot is: “While visiting her hometown over the holidays, one woman meets a novelist who takes an interest in her family’s charming history. Together, they begin to unearth a romantic story from the past, while starting one of their own in the present.”
“Christmas by Candlelight,” made by Toronto-based Champlain Media, also filmed at Mills Hardware in downtown Hamilton, Locke Street South and in downtown Galt.
“Murdoch Mysteries” wrapped up shooting its 16th season on Feb. 7, but not before making one more visit to Hamilton to film at the Scottish Rite and The Cotton Factory. No word on a 17th season, but it’s one of CBC’s most popular programs.