Peterborou­gh apart­ment turned into movie set for ‘The Novice’

Film crew uses Vic­to­rian home on Hunter Street for film’s fra­ter­nity scene


When a film crew comes a knock­ing to see about shoot­ing a movie in your place, just hide dirty dishes in the oven.

That’s what Anne She­bib did. She­bib’s Hunter Street apart­ment was the lat­est lo­ca­tion shot for “The Novice.”

Writ­ten and di­rected by Lau­ren Had­away, it’s a film about a col­lege fresh­man who joins her univer­sity’s cut­throat row­ing team and un­der­takes an ob­ses­sive jour­ney to make the top var­sity boat, ac­cord­ing to Va­ri­ety, an en­ter­tain­ment busi­ness news mag­a­zine.

Is­abelle Fuhrman, 22, plays the lead­ing role. She’s best known for her work in “The Hunger Games,” in which she played Clove, and in the 2009 hor­ror film “Or­phan.”

Shoot­ing for the film started lo­cally in mid-Oc­to­ber at the Peterborou­gh Row­ing Club along the Oton­abee River. Fuhrman learned to row about a month prior and was joined by lo­cal row­ers for the shoot.

Some film­ing was also done at

Trent Univer­sity before the crew set up at the Knights of Colum­bus for the next stage.

She­bib, who works at Peterborou­gh Re­gional Health Cen­tre, lives on the third floor of a

Vic­to­rian home on Hunter Street West.

She re­cently got a call from her land­lord ask­ing if she’d be will­ing to lend her apart­ment to a film crew for a movie shoot. He told her they’d put her up in a ho­tel and throw some cash her way, too.

But first, the pro­duc­ers wanted to see her place, and they were out­side the house right then.

“I hid my dirty dishes in the oven and went down,” said She­bib, 29.

The pro­duc­ers told her they’d use the en­tire house for the shoot, and it would take a few days. The scene be­ing filmed in­volves a fra­ter­nity party. “They loved the house,” she said.

On Tues­day, she made her way to the Com­fort Inn, where the crew had a bunch of rooms on hold.

“When check­ing in I got to say, ‘I’m with the movie.’”

She also got $100 a day. An­other part of the deal was that pro­fes­sional clean­ers would take care of her place after the shoot.

When she re­turned home Thurs­day night, most things were where she’d left them and some things were in bet­ter shape. “My bath­room is way cleaner now than how I left it.”

On Fri­day, as she sat alone in her apart­ment, She­bib said it was hard to be­lieve there were likely 40 peo­ple in her apart­ment the night before.

But then she’ll find a lit­tle ev­i­dence that says oth­er­wise. “I keep find­ing things like boob tape be­cause they used my of­fice for wardrobe.”

She man­aged to score a new bath­room light out of the gig, too, be­cause they didn’t like the ex­ist­ing one. “My bath­room looks way bet­ter.”

Pro­duc­ers for the film couldn’t be reached for com­ment, so it’s un­clear when the movie will be re­leased. But when it is, She­bib ex­pects to make a pur­chase.

“I don’t know if I’ve ever gone out and bought a movie,” she said, “but I will def­i­nitely buy a copy or two.”


Pro­duc­tion de­signer Eva Ko­zlova, left, dis­cusses a scene with writer-di­rec­tor Lau­ren Had­away on the set of “The Novice” on Thurs­day. The movie shot scenes in a Hunter Street apart­ment.

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