Shooting new DocuDrama for Parkwood Estate

Shooting new DocuDrama for Parkwood Estate

It may be a surprise, but Canada–  Ontario, in particular has some very rich history. A 40-minute drive east of Downtown Toronto is Parkwood Estate, located in Oshawa. You may know Parkwood as the “Billy Madison mansion”… where Adam Sandler’s movie was filmed amongst many others over the years.

What’s so special about Parkwood Estate?  Colonel Robert Samuel McLaughlin, CC, ED, CD (September 8, 1871 – January 6, 1972) was an influential Canadian businessman and philanthropist, and the owner of Parkwood Estate. How did he gain his wealth to own such a large and magnificent property? He started the McLaughlin Motor Car Company in 1907, one of the first major automobile manufacturers in Canada, which evolved into what we know as  General Motors of Canada.

Not only was this man influential to the automotive industry, but he had close ties with the spy training school in Oshawa called Camp-X.  Top secret meetings would take place at Parkwood Estate among officers in the Snooker room ( the very room seen below in the frame grab from the docudrama). It was even rumoured that the character of James Bond was formed out a couple spies at Camp-X.

North Film Co. goes to camera to capture some of these moments in history, dating back to mid 1940’s.  We will complete filming mid-September.  Below is a frame grab from our 1st day of filming.