Kingston Penitentiary is a movie set again. It was used for a number of movie shoots including Reacher and Alias Grace. Currently, a spy thriller called Angel Three is being filmed within the walls of the old prison.
The main character Sophie is an agent operating in East Berlin in the 1980s.
“She helps people go from east to west,” said the film’s producer, Laurence Gendron. “Then something happens and then she has to help a special case that will upset everyone in her.”
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The film uses one of the penitentiary’s cells for some flashback scenes, but the majority of the film takes place in a one-room setting built inside the prison.
Director Anita Doron says the creative cinematography and lighting along with a good script set the film’s pace and mood.
“Some of our shots are incredibly complex, the timing with the game, the scenes are five minutes long, light travel, stepping up the phones, there’s a lot going on,” Doron said.
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Alex Jansen of the Kingston Film Office says that unlike many past productions in the Limestone City, Angel Three is filmed entirely in Kingston.
“Instead of big studio productions that come in and shoot, we’re now doing a whole slew of productions that shoot entirely in Kingston,” Jansen said.
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The municipality’s focus on growing the film economy has led to a growing pool of workers and businesses capable of meeting the needs of the television and film industry.
“80% of the team is local to Kingston, all kinds of partnerships ranging from Improbable Escapes to set design, to Corcan to partial construction, i.e. the offender release program by through Correctional Services Canada,” Jansen said.
Jansen says Angel Three is the second production this year to be filmed entirely in Kingston and more are planned.
“In September we have a locally produced sci-fi feature that is shooting entirely in the region and in October we have a horror movie and I think there will be even more,” Jansen told Global. Kingston.
Angel Three is slated for 12 days of filming, and the shows producer expects the film to begin appearing on the festival circuit in the summer or fall of 2023.