To add to Manitoba’s substantial contribution to the film industry, seven new Hallmark movies were shot in the province this year, including a new mystery movie.
Not only were some of these new movies filmed in Winnipeg, but small towns in the province got their turn in the limelight as well.
A Christmas Cookie Catastrophe follows Annie Cooper (Rachel Boston) as she becomes the new CEO of her late grandmother’s small-town cookie company if adjusting to the new position was not hard enough, her grandmother’s secret cookie recipe gets stolen. She then works together with a local bakery owner named Sam (Victor Webster) to uncover the culprit and recreate the recipe.
Most of the film was shot in Winnipeg, however, Carmen found itself covered with cameras and actors as well. It premiered last Sunday, November 27.
Hanukkah on Rye was filmed in Winnipeg during the fall, it wrapped up shooting on October 19. The movie will premiere on Sunday, December 18 at 8 p.m., Eastern.
The story follows main characters Jacob Leven (Jeremy Jordan) and Molly Gilbert (Yael Grobglas), both Jewish and born into world-class deli empires, and they try to find their way in the world all the while trying to respect their old traditions. Eventually, they find themselves in a predicament where they need to choose love or the expectations placed upon them.
Hallmark secretly filmed a new murder mystery movie in Winnipeg and surrounding areas in the early summer of this year. It is called Heartland Mysteries and the plot focuses on Francesca “Frankie” Quinn (anticipated to be played by Mallory Jansen), who is a private investigator, and she finds her fiancé, Carl Wiseman, dead. She then finds herself working with her ex, Wynton Rousseau, who is the detective assigned to the case, to solve the mystery.
There are very few details about the rest of the cast selected to star in the film, and the release date for Heartland Mysteries has also not been revealed yet.
Perfect Harmony is another new Hallmark Movies and Mystery film that was shot in Winnipeg and surrounding areas, however, this one was not kept a secret. Filming started on July 3 and wrapped up on August 3. It premiered on October 16.
Barrett (Sherri Saum) is a professor of poetry studies and Jack (James Denton) is an ex-musician, and the two cannot stand each other. When their best friends Naomi (Julia Benson) and Simon (Peter Benson) decided to get married, both find themselves part of the wedding party and have to put aside their differences to make sure the wedding goes according to plan. This proves to be a difficult task, will they be able to find common ground to help plan the wedding their friends deserve?
Morden found its moment of fame with a movie called Pumpkin Everything, with portions of the movie also being filmed in Winnipeg, it premiered on October 8. It stars Taylor Cole who plays Amy and Corey Sevier who plays Kit.
Amy is a passionate novelist, and when she is about to release a new addition to her popular book series she receives a call that her grandfather Tom (Michael Ironside) has been hurt. He is the proud owner of his business, Pumpkin Everything, and he hoped one day Amy would take over the business. Neither of them has considered why the others do what they do, why Amy loves writing, and why Tom can’t accept the help he needs as he gets older.
Romance in Style features not just Winnipeg’s scenery, but also local landmarks such as Kevin’s Bistro on Bannatyne Avenue and the Manitoba Theatre Centre on Market Avenue. It was filmed in the early summer and was released on television on August 13.
The story follows Ella Richards (Jaicy Elliot), a highly in-demand seamstress and aspiring designer. In her journey to help a friend with an assignment in a fashion magazine, she meets Derek Colby (Ben Hollingsworth), a cocky former athlete turned publishing mogul. Ella immediately has presumptions about Derek’s character, while he honestly feels out of place in the fashion industry. In an effort to better acquaint Derek with the world of fashion, Ella agrees to help him as long as he publishes a feature about her aspirational, self-labelled clothing line “ELLA.”
Grosse Isle, Manitoba was featured in the film We Wish you a Married Christmas, along with Carmen and Winnipeg. It includes well-known actress Marisol Nichols, who plays Becca, and her co-star Kristoffer Polaha plays Robby.
In an effort to reconnect with each other and reignite their marriage, the two main characters book a room at a hotel in a small town during the holiday season.
For a list of movies filmed in Manitoba in previous years, click here.