It’s a show that features many well-known locations in Victoria.
“They had a total of 160 locations, which is amazing for any show,” says Kathleen Gilbert, the film commissioner for the Victoria Film Commission.
Maid is about a single mother who, after fleeing an abusive relationship, turns to cleaning the house to make ends meet. The Netflix series was one of the largest TV productions ever shot in the capital region, with an estimated impact of over $ 10 million.
“It was a godsend for the local businesses and certainly the hotels that all of this filming was taking place and filling their hotel rooms during COVID,” says Gilbert.
“We know that there was a crew of around 200 to 250 plus all background people plus all suppliers.”
It also featured local talent like five-year-old Rylea Nevaeh Whittet, who plays Maddy on the series.
“It was a really interesting experience to say the least,” says Rylea’s mother, Sarah Ramsay.
“I’ve never seen anything like it, especially with Rylea.”
When asked what it was like to play in her first TV role, the young starlet reacted cautiously.
“Good,” smiles Whittet.
Maid has even helped local organizations that support women and single mothers with clothing and set material donations and publicize their services.
“It’s great, in a way, that we sometimes struggle to let people know that there are services in our community for women fleeing violence and abuse at home,” said Susan Howard, Victoria Women’s Transition House development director Society.
“I think the producers really thought our accommodations would have been the right place to raise funds for this show,” says Gilbert.
All of this is part of leaving a lasting legacy, even after the cameras and equipment have packed up and left town.