From Monday 26th of August through Wednesday 28th of August, a film crew was in town shooting parts of a new Netflix series, Ginny & Georgia (more below). Since the story was set in “the charming New England town of Wellsbury, Massachusetts” (which doesn’t exist), Cobourg had to look American with lots of American flags and even a US Post mailbox. The script required a drive through the Town and I learned how movie producers do this realistically – see photos below. There was minimal disruption of downtown – mostly just some temporary loss of parking space – but “approx. 100 actors (I think they meant total number of people) and 40 trucks” were said to be in Town so there would be a significant economic benefit.
The new Netflix TV series includes 10-episodes for “Ginny & Georgia,” a mother-daughter coming of age series featuring Antonia Gentry and Brianne Howy (“The Passage”) who will play the daughter and mother. “Ginny & Georgia” centers on Ginny Miller, a fifteen-year-old who often feels more mature than her thirty-year-old mother Georgia Miller. After years on the run, Georgia wants to put down roots in the charming New England town of Wellsbury, Massachusetts and give her family a normal life. For Ginny, that means navigating a prestigious school, rising popularity, and complicated love interests.
Although 6 filming locations were named (e.g. Audrey’s, Lawn Bowling, St.Peter’s) the main noticeable impacts were the American flags, pylons and no parking signs on King street and the loss of half the Albert Street Parking lot. Cobourg Police no doubt helped but the most noticeable Police presence was provided by two Port Hope Police cars which escorted the film crew on their runs through downtown. I managed to capture what was probably a test run along Albert Street – see the photos.