Vancouver is famously known as Hollywood North and is often the backdrop for popular movies and television shows. It’s no surprise to turn on your TV and see familiar sights like The Seawall, Lions Gate Bridge or Stanley Park. But what about the rest of the Lower Mainland? Turns out it’s not just downtown Vancouver that makes it into a lot of Hollywood movies. Surrey has also played host to countless celebrities and film crews. Here are five movies you may not know were filmed in Surrey, BC:
The Twilight Series
If you were or knew a pre-teen girl in the late 2000’s, you know that the Twilight series was filmed in Vancouver. Legions of lustful fans would show up on set everyday to try and catch a glimpse of their favourite vampire or werewolf. But did you know that some pivotal scenes were filmed in South Surrey? The house of Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart) was located at 28 Ave and 188 Street by Keery Park in South Surrey.
Independent film and Oscar winner Juno was the cute little movie that could. The drama-comedy about a teen pregnancy became a hit overnight and made household names of Ellen Page and Michael Cera. It also made famous a little area in Surrey, the South Surrey Athletic Park. The track of the Athletic Park was used as Dancing Elk High School’s track. It’s the spot where Juno and Paulie confessed their love to one another and the spot where Paulie realized Juno was in labour, causing him to run off the track to the hospital.
Catwoman may not be anyone’s favourite superhero movie but we all loved seeing Halle Berry kicking butt as a strong woman in tights. Catwoman starts her life as Patience Phillips working at Hedare Beauty until she discovers the dangerous side effects of their new product. And where does she make this discovery? At Hedare Beauty Headquarters or what we know as Central City Shopping Centre in Surrey.
Diablo Cody and Jason Reitman, the same team that brought us Juno, teamed up again in 2009 for Jennifer’s Body. This horror comedy tells the story of Jennifer (Megan Fox), a demonically possessed high school student who feeds off the bodies of men, and her best friend Needy (Amanda Seyfried) who tries to stop her. And where does all of this scary high school drama occur? At North Surrey Secondary School. Other areas in Surrey, like Clova Cinema, were also used as film locations.
The Edge of Seventeen
This recently released coming of age film stars Hailee Steinfeld as Nadine Franklin, a seventeen year old trying to navigate her final year of high school. The film also stars Woody Harrelson, as Nadine’s history teacher, and Kyra Sedgwick, as Nadine’s mom. The Edge of Seventeen has been nominated for numerous awards, including a Golden Globe nomination for Steinfeld in the lead role. When watching The Edge of Seventeen, you might recognize some familiar Surrey sights. Guildford Park Secondary School was used as Nadine’s high school and filming was also done at the A&W at Fraser Highway and 160 Street.