Where was The Unforgivable filmed? Guide to ALL the Filming Locations

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Set in Seattle and Snohomish County, the new Netflix drama starring Sandra Bullock, The Unforgivable was entirely filmed in Vancouver.

The American actress plays Ruth Slater, a woman restarting life after 20 years behind bars for shooting a sheriff. The police officer was shot down when he was sent in to enforce her eviction from the farmhouse where she was living with her five-year-old little sister.

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This film follows the success of the post-apocalyptic 2018 movie Bird Box, the Netflix record-breaking hit counting 45 million viewers within the first seven days of its premiere.

Bullock is back with a different kind of survival story, in this adaptation based on the 2009 ITV British miniseries Unforgiven.

Welcome to our spoiler-free guide to the filming locations of The Unforgivable.

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Snohomish farmhouse
After Ruth Slater is released from prison, one of the first scenes of the movie is Katherine's accident, filmed at the intersection of 12th Street and 7th Avenue in New Westminster.

This city, part of Metro Vancouver, is a popular filming location because of its 1890s heritage homes and tree-lined streetscapes.

Many productions shot in British Columbia including Riverdale, Prison Break, Sabrina, or The Order have recorded scenes in this area.
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The filmmakers inserted Seattle's establishing shots using stock footage.

When parole officer Vincent (played by Rob Morgan) takes Ruth to the dodgy women's house, they drive by the Amazon Spheres and the Historic Chinatown Gate of Washington State's largest city.
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Where was The Unforgivable filmed
However, when Ruth arrives at her new home, she's actually about 140 miles away from Seattle.

The entrance to the women's shelter is located next to the Gain Wah Restaurant at 218 Keefer Street in Vancouver's Chinatown.

This is the same building as the restaurant of The CW's series Kung Fu.
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Coldfish Seafood Company
The fish processing plant was filmed at Coldfish Seafood Company in the Victoria-Fraserview neighborhood of Vancouver.

As you can check out, in real life it doesn't look so depressing.
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Surrey City Centre Library
The scene where Ruth goes to the library to look for clues, and her old Snohomish farmhouse on the Internet, was filmed at the Surrey City Centre Library.

Opened in 2011, this modern center has been featured in the Supergirl and Travelers series.
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Chapel Arts Vancouver
The Chapel Arts is a real art gallery and woodworking studio, located at 305 Dunlevy Avenue in Japantown in Central Vancouver.

Before becoming a furniture and sculpture workshop, showroom, and music venue for the last 30 years, this old chapel used to be a funeral parlor.
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Coffee Mug Restaurant
The Race Trac Gas and the Coffee Mug Restaurant featured in a flashback scene taking place 20 years ago are located on the outskirts of Langley.
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Surrey City Hall
The office of corporate lawyer John Ingram (played by Vincent D'Onofrio) was filmed at Surrey City Hall.

The lower picture also shows the exterior of the library, which we mentioned earlier, on the left.

This futuristic complex also appeared in the second season of the Altered Carbon series.
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Helen's Grill Seattle
The diner scene with Blake (the mustache guy played by Jon Bernthal) is Helen's Grill, a classic old-school diner located at 4102 Main Street in Vancouver's Mount Pleasant area.
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Ruth meets Emily Malcolm (played by Emma Nelson) outside the Bloedel Conservatory, a glass-domed aviary located at Queen Elizabeth Park, with Seattle's skyline digitally added in the background.

This large urban park also served as a filming location for many productions including To All the Boys, Legends of Tomorrow, and Battlestar Galactica.
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Lafarge North Vancouver
The warehouse where Steve Whelan (played by Will Pullen) takes Emily is the Lafarge plant in North Vancouver.
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Katie's rehearsal at the Cornish Auditorium was actually filmed at the magnificent University of British Columbia's Chan Centre for the Performing Arts.

This spectacular concert hall has also appeared in several productions filmed in the city during the last years including Legion, Upload, and The Perfection.

According to IMDb, the studio work took place at Canadian Motion Picture Park Studios in Burnaby.
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1- Anonymous - Dec 17, 2021, 4:55 AM
Hello Ra - there is a scene in this movie where Sandra Bullock walks onto a plant and the villain describes to Sandra to walk past the red conveyor. Well, that site is actually in Vancouver and is the Lafarge plant where the machine in question is what is called a Thor Telescopic stacker with SN 1694 T150-8, sold in 2003 to LaFarge. See https://goo.gl/maps/dgoHAAS4JYru4FPn9 Let me know if you need more info.

   2- Ra Moon - Dec 17, 2021, 13:35 PM
   Awesome, thanks a lot. Updated!

3- Mazest - Dec 29, 2021, 2:59 PM
Was any of it filmed in Victoria on Vancouver Island? I thought I recognized the yellow house on the corner to be on St. Andrews Street near Beacon Hill Park.

4- Anonymous - Jan 1, 2022, 11:17 PM
That yellow house looks like a classic East Van neighborhood, and after checking out St. Andrews St. in Victoria, the house is not there.


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