Where was Slumberland filmed?

By Amanda Guarragi
Published: November 18, 2022 (Last updated: April 5, 2024)
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Where was the Netflix film Slumberland filmed? This article may contain minor plot references, so be warned!

There have been many films recently that have explored grief in different ways, and Slumberland does it through dreams. In this film, a young girl discovers a secret map to the dreamworld of Slumberland, and with the help of an eccentric outlaw, she traverses dreams and flees nightmares, with the hope that she will be able to see her late father again.

In some moments, young Nemo (Marlow Barkley) grounds the dreamlike fantasy with her grieving. The story works when Nemo is in reality with her uncle Philip (Chris O’Dowd). Trying to navigate her father’s death is one thing, but then being linked to a fantasy dream world with him is her comfort. Her dad Peter (Kyle Chandler) would tell her wonderful stories and share the time he spent in Slumberland with her.

He shared his experiences, and that is the one thing that she remembers him for. So, in order for her to feel close to her dad again, she enters the world. There, she meets Flip (Jason Momoa), who is a very obscure character. He’s excitable, friendly, and a bit sassy.

Nemo had to start doing things on her own without her father, which is an incredibly difficult thing to do. She had to move schools and since she was very young, she needed to find a guardian. She felt more at home in Slumberland than she did with her Uncle Philip.

You may be wondering where they even shot such a fantastical story as this one and the answer may surprise you. Sometimes cities end up looking like others and it’s easier (and cheaper) for filmmakers to choose specific ones to fit their vision.

Due to the fact that there are plenty of special effects and green screens used throughout, the majority of this film was shot in a studio as well. There are some wonderful spots though that were explored in one city in particular.

Where was the Netflix film Slumberland filmed – a breakdown of locations

Toronto, Canada 

It’s interesting to know that Toronto, Canada has been a new hot spot for filmmakers to shoot their films here. Almost the entirety of Slumberland was filmed in Toronto at Pinewood Toronto studios. They built sets for them and worked together closely all in one location.

Toronto has been known as Hollywood North, but now it has become more apparent that many studios enjoy working in the city. Whether it’s because it offers the same type of New York or Chicago feel or it’s because those Canadians are just really nice to work with, they have started to use it more and more.

The Royal York Hotel 

To directly specify where some scenes were filmed, The Royal York Hotel opened up some space and designed its own fantastical hotel for the film. There are gorgeous grand rooms that were decorated for the film and it felt like you were in another world. The production designers did a great to make it feel authentic to the Slumberland world.

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