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date: 26 May 2019

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This chapter investigates the development of the commercial feature film industry in Toronto from the 1980s. It considers policy frameworks that have supported and regulated film production and the representation of Toronto to argue that the city’s image in film culture can be read as a complex mediation of Toronto’s self-crafted image as a city of film production and culture. The chapter begins by historicizing Toronto’s rise to prominence as a leading center of film production in North America. The second section contemplates how films have rendered, both thematically and aesthetically, the city’s placeless identity. Third, the chapter turns to policies and projects since the 2000s that have sought to redefine Toronto’s cultural policy and reinvigorate its status as a global creative city. The final section considers Toronto’s visibility on screen in a number of post-2000 films and examines how the city’s official image is mediated on screen.

Keywords: Toronto, film industry, film policy, Toronto New Wave, creative city, foreign location shooting, film production

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