The film adaptation of the book Fifty Shades of Grey recently made its cable debut in the UK. Yeah, I watched it. As befitting a story originally published on a Twilight fan-fiction site, the movie is set in Seattle, Washington, but the film was shot in Vancouver, British Columbia.*
A meticulously lit and art-directed film, the scene of the self-made-billionaire-and-sadist Christian Grey addressing his inamorata’s graduating class was obviously shot at a real university. A university which is– as the sign below the podium clearly states–located in Vancouver.
* Canadian cities have a proud tradition of standing in for American ones because production costs are so much cheaper. “You can wipe your arse on the dollar,” Keith Richards once replied to a hopeful Canadian journalist who asked if the Rolling Stones rehearsed their tours in Toronto because they loved the city so much.