The advent of December means Christmas movies will soon be available on various streaming platforms.
The newest arrival to Netflix’s line-up of festive films is The Noel Diary, which stars This Is Us actor Justin Hartley and Barrett Doss of Station-19 fame as their characters cross paths in unlikely circumstances.
The Noel Diary, a film set in Connecticut, is charming and a winter warmer. However, where did the movie take place?
Preview of the plot and release date for The Noel Diary
Netflix launched The Noel Diary on November 24, 2022.
Based on the novel of the same name by Richard Paul Evans, the film tells the story of best-selling author Jake Turner as he returns home at Christmas to settle his estranged mother’s estate.
Jake uncovers a diary from his childhood that holds secrets about him and Rachel. Rachel is an intriguing woman on a mission.
They embark together on a journey to discover their pasts and find an unexpected future.
The Noel Diary was filmed where?
You can see The Noel Diary at several places in Connecticut.
That’s right, the movie is filmed in the same location as its setting, giving The Noel Diary a pleasing sense of authenticity.
However, what isn’t authentic is the fact that production on the movie took place between May and June of 2021, meaning it was filmed during a summer heatwave and not in the depths of winter.
Residents of Connecticut will likely spot a few familiar locations, with Westport’s Washington Avenue playing host to the film’s central house – which is actually supposed to be in nearby Bridgeport.
Bridgeport does feature in the film, however, as the Mechanics & Farmers Savings Bank hosted Jake’s book signing, which supposedly took place in Chicago.
RJ Julia Booksellers of Madison was also part of the production, as the shop where Rachel bought her first Jake-authored book is located there.
Meanwhile, The Griswold Inn in Essex doubled as the film’s Maple Falls Inn while New Canaan’s town hall served as the downtown area of the fictional town of Maple Falls.
And finally, Remo’s Italian restaurant in Stamford served as the location of one of Jake and Rachel’s first dates.
According to CinemaholicFilming was initially planned to occur in Vancouver Canada. But, due to the Covid-19 epidemic, the entire production team moved to Connecticut.
Are there any other projects that were shot in Connecticut?
Over the years, Connecticut has become an increasingly popular location among filmmakers, in part thanks to financial incentives offered by Connecticut’s Film and Digital Media Production Tax Credit.
According to IMDb, more than 7,500 titles have been produced in Connecticut with some of the most notable including the recent Netflix films The Good Nurse and Mr Harrigan’s Phone.
On top of that, The Office US filmed some scenes in Stamford Connecticut while Denis Villeneuve’s Prisoners, Adam Sandler’s Uncut Gems, the TV series Departure, Leo DiCaprio-starring Revolutionary Road, 2005’s War Of The Worlds and Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull were also filmed in the state.
You can stream The Noel Diary now Netflix Following release on November 24, 2022.
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