Boston has become a popular city to filming TV series and movies for quite some time. Movies such as The Town, Ted 2, Fever Pitch, and American Hustle were all filmed in and around the city. Actors like Mark Wahlberg helped bring the Hollywood magic over to New England.
Years later and Boston is still a popular destination for filming. Other than movies, tv series have been filming in Boston as well. Just recently, it was used for filming season two of The Handmaid’s Tale.
The Handmaid’s Tale is derived from the 1985 novel by Margaret Atwood and stars Elizabeth Moss (Peggy Olson in Mad Men) as June Offred, a woman who was captured while trying to escape to Canada with her husband Luke and daughter Hannah. Offred is trapped in the dystopian future where fertility rates dropped due to environmental pollution and sexually transmitted diseases. She is one of many women known as ‘Handmaids’ who are forced into sexual and child-bearing servitude. These women are not allowed to handle money, work, own property, or even read.
Season two of Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale featured various iconic spots in Boston. The season premiere takes the characters right into Fenway Park. As seen from the picture, the group of handmaids are thrust into the center of the ballpark’s weeding lawn. All of the stadium lights are bright enough to illuminate the Green Monster; you can even see the lighting shining upon a long row of nooses as well.
The next iconic location is in episode two where June Offred in the safe house, which is the former headquarters of The Boston Globe on Morrissey Boulevard in Dorchester (FUN FACT: the former office was also used to film Spotlight). June roams around the offices of the deserted building, watching Friends and creates a memorial out of cubicle decorations. Some of the decorations included candles, assorted postcards, a Red Sox hat, and even a Boston Globe mug. Besides the former office of The Boston Globe, the second episode also showed the Logan Airport mobbed with ICE agents and passengers looking to flee the country.
This is a great way of promoting Boston. Filming a series like The Handmaid’s Tale is a unique marketing tactic to showcase some of Boston’s greatest landmarks. While the Red Sox weren’t playing on the field, Fenway Park was still used in an interesting (and chilling) way. The creepy photos have been drawing up a strong reaction all across social media. Either way, its just drumming up more awareness of places like Fenway Park and the former office of The Boston Globe.
Hollywood continues to head out to New England for filming. Whether it is a movie or TV series, Boston continues to be used as the setting for the story. While New York City was always popular for many productions, Boston continues to grow strong in the entertainment industry as well.
TV series like The Handmaid’s Tale prove that Boston makes for a perfect city setting. Its amazing how a little Hollywood magic can transform Fenway Park into such a chilling image. If The Handmaid’s Tale can pull off something like that, who knows what other ideas can come out of Boston.
In the meantime, be sure to check out The Handmaid’s Tale on Hulu. Be sure to look out for Fenway Park and Boston Logan Airport!