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9 September 2005 (Spain) See more »
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A day-in-the-life dark comedy concerning a group of islanders, their respective secrets, and one man's plan to kill himself quietly. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

James Allodi ... Dan Jarvis

Maury Chaykin ... Mayor Brent Fisher

Paul Gross ... Buddy French
Rebecca Jenkins ... Sandra Anderson

Sandra Oh ... Carol French

Ellen Page ... Emily Anderson

Callum Keith Rennie ... Duck MacDonald

Daniel MacIvor ... Stan Lastman

Kathryn MacLellan ... Deena
Mary Ellen MacLean ... Irene
Susannah Hoffmann ... Elaine Fisher

Marcella Grimaux ... Mackenzie Fisher
Caleb Langille ... Taylor
Terri Sanderson ... Reporter
Chris Saunderson ... Photographer
Patrick Keeler ... Stuart
Chett Buchanan ... Golfing Businessman #1
Mike Goodfellow ... Golfing Businessman #2
Ed Cayer ... Lotto Man
Devon Chisholm ... Jennie
Judith Hasen ... Lotto Woman
Rita Howell ... Mrs.Corkum
Lauren Ehrenworth ... Bartender
Deborah Bowles ... Neighbour
Lorraine Chapman ... Neighbour
Gillian Anderson ... Nurse

Allan Hawco ... Radio Announcer (voice)
Shannon Perreault ... Radio Announcer (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Hannah Gross ... Girl at Motel (uncredited)
Jack Gross ... Boy at Motel (uncredited)

Directed by
Daniel MacIvor 
Writing credits
Daniel MacIvor (written by)

Produced by
Geneviève Appleton .... associate producer
Camelia Frieberg .... producer
Joe Frieberg .... executive producer
Sherrie Johnson .... co-producer
Stephen J. Turnbull .... line producer
Original Music by
Michael Timmins 
Cinematography by
Rudolf Blahacek (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Mike Munn 
Production Design by
Emanuel Jannasch 
Art Direction by
Ann Bromley 
Set Decoration by
Ian Greig 
Costume Design by
Lin Chapman 
Makeup Department
Paulette Cable .... hair supervisor
Paulette Cable .... makeup supervisor
Evan Hyisky .... assistant hair/makeup
Jim Macdonald .... key hair stylist
Production Management
Geneviève Appleton .... post-production manager
Stephen J. Turnbull .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Sarah Campbell .... second assistant director
Lisa Fennell .... third assistant director
Mary Reynolds .... first assistant director
Nicole Trask .... trainee assistant director
Art Department
Mike Balish .... carpenter
Lance Barney .... lead dresser
Joseph Bower .... key scenic painter (as Joe Bower)
Jamie Clarke .... third assistant art director
Keith Currie .... property master
Jody Davis .... art department dailies
Bernard Faye .... painter (as Brenard Faye)
Andre Fiske .... head carpenter
Harry Goodick .... construction coordinator
Peter Haegart .... carpenter
Robert Hardiman .... art department dailies
Michael Hupman .... painter
Hugh Jones .... set dresser
Karl McNutt .... art department dailies
Colin Paul .... set decoration buyer
Terry Reashore .... carpenter
Suzanne Richard .... assistant property master
Teresa Stevens .... art department dailies
Todd Tudball .... art department dailies
Sound Department
Fred Brennan .... dialogue editor
Steph Carrier .... sound re-recording mixer (as Stephan Carrier)
Kathy Choi .... assistant sound editor
Martin Gwynn Jones .... assistant sound editor
Frank Kavanagh .... boom operator
Garrett Kerr .... dialogue editor
Sid Lieberman .... foley artist
John MacDonald .... assistant foley artist
Brent MacLean .... second assistant sound editor
Jim Rillie .... production sound mixer
David Rose .... sound effects editor
Lou Solakofski .... sound re-recording mixer
Jane Tattersall .... sound effects editor
Jane Tattersall .... supervising sound editor
Randy Wilson .... foley recordist
Randy Boliver .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Nance Ackerman .... still photographer
Brian A. Adams .... best boy grip (as Brian Adams)
Billy Buttery .... director of photography: second unit
Eve Court .... camera trainee
Jody Davis .... electric: dailies
Rob Eshelby .... generator operator
Chris Fiendel .... grip
Jason Jackson .... electric: dailies (as Jason A. Jackson)
Hugh Jones .... grip
Roddy Kosub .... gaffer (as Rod Kosub)
Ruth Leggett .... electric: dailies
Carl Nigi .... electrician
Becky Parsons .... second assistant camera
Demetri Portelli .... first assistant camera: second unit
Gareth Roberts .... first assistant camera
Gary Sandover .... dolly grip
Gary Sandover .... key grip
Kelsey Smith .... epk camera operator (as Kelsey W. Smith)
Kelsey Smith .... steadicam operator (as Kelsey W. Smith)
Todd Voogt .... grip
David Wishart .... best boy electric
Jason Ball .... electrician (uncredited)
Casting Department
Simone Chia .... extras casting
Peter Oliver .... extras casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Kirin Jordan .... costume set supervisor
Diana Redmond .... set costumer
Editorial Department
Chris Hinton .... color timer
Mila Patriki .... colorist
Shannon Perreault .... assistant editor
Catherine Rankin .... negative cutter
Joanne Rourke .... colorist: HD mastering
Lyn Anne Sparrow .... post-production coordinator (as Lynanne Sparrow)
Music Department
Richard Bell .... musician: piano
Jeff Bird .... musician: harmonica, mandolin
Jaro Czerwynec .... musician: accordian
Peter Moore .... music editor
Ron Proulx .... music clearance
Jane Tattersall .... music editor
Michael Timmins .... music engineer
Michael Timmins .... music producer
Michael Timmins .... musician: guitar, percussion, xylonphone
Transportation Department
Tom Carew .... transportation dailies
Mervin Geddes .... driver (as Melvin Geddes)
Robert Meade .... driver
John Sampson .... driver (as John Chas Sampson)
Philip H. Scott .... driver
Michael Sullivan .... transportation coordinator
Emmanuel 'Manny' Taylor .... transportation captain (as Emmanuel Taylor)
Helen Taylor .... transportation dailies
Other crew
Frank Anderson .... for Shelburne Film Production Centre
Jackie Annesty .... for Shelburne Film Production Centre
Robert Aske .... legal services
William Bower .... for Shelburne Film Production Centre
Darlene Bursell .... location pa/security
Daphne Butler .... cleaner
William Cameron .... title designer
Simone Chia .... asssiatnt to Ms. Frieberg
Andy Clark .... legal services
Lorraine Clark .... electronic press kit supervisor
Jeff Corkum .... production accountant
Christine Crawford .... stand-in
Hugh Davidson .... auditor
Michell Desnoyers .... assistant location manager (as Michelle Desnoyers)
Kevin Forbes .... stand-in
Gordon D. Fyvie .... legal services
Peter Gibson .... business manager: Tattersall (as Peter 'Smokey' Gibson)
Pauline Goodick .... cleaner
Jack Gross .... assistant to Mr. Hawco
J. Paul Halferty .... assistant to Ms. Johnson
Shauna Hatt .... production coordinator
Allan Hawco .... assistant to Mr. MacIvor
Victoria M. Healy .... daily security
Skippy Johnson .... head of security
Wynne Jordan .... assistant accountant
Suzanne Kerr .... chaperone
Martyn Krys .... legal services
Kim Livingston .... insurance
Allison MacDonald .... chef assistant
Katharina Mayer .... chef assistant
Lothar Mayer .... chef
Margo Mosher .... location manager
Harry O'Conner .... for Shelburne Film Production Centre
Nicky Pemberton .... for Shelburne Film Production Centre
Rodger Pike .... key craft service
Kimberly Purtell .... assistant to Ms. Johnson
Alicia Rei Rolfe .... post-production accountant
Brian R. Shaw .... location security
Don Sinclair .... insurance
Lyn Anne Sparrow .... assistant to Ms. Johnson (as Lynanne Sparrow)
Teresa Stevens .... office production assistant
Todd Stevens .... office production assistant
Tyler Stevens .... assistant craft service
Fay Sullivan .... assistant production coordinator
Bill Suttle .... for Shelburne Film Production Centre
Jim Swansburg .... electronic press kit field producer (as Jim Swansberg)
Dale Thomas .... for Shelburne Film Production Centre
Maggie Thomas .... script supervisor
Mark Townsend .... for Shelburne Film Production Centre
Beverly Warren .... unit publicist
Brent Barclay .... thanks
Richard Blonski .... thanks
Amnon Buchbinder .... thanks
William Cameron .... thanks
Ed Carter .... thanks
Sue Conley .... thanks
Damhnait Doyle .... thanks
Richard Feren .... thanks
Jill Franklin .... thanks
John Furniotis .... thanks
Susan Furniotis .... thanks
Peter Gibson .... thanks
Linda Grey .... thanks
Serge Grimaux .... thanks
Emm Gryner .... thanks
Moira Holmes .... thanks
Pam Irwin .... thanks
Heather Kinkaid .... thanks
Susan Leblanc-Crawford .... thanks (as Sue LeBlanc)
Rich Lim .... thanks
Hugh Marsh .... thanks
Shandi Mitchell .... thanks
Linda Moore .... thanks
Erin Nichols .... thanks
Martin Pink .... thanks
Jeremy Podeswa .... thanks
Andrew Power .... thanks
Bob Redding .... thanks
Willie Stevenson .... thanks
Gordon Swansburg .... thanks
Chaz Thorne .... thanks
Greta Varna .... thanks
Reg Vermue .... thanks

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Additional Details

99 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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16 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
Gay stigma, suicide, teen sex, public corruption, cheating, ambition: just life in your average small town, 4 December 2005
Author: ( from Portland, Oregon, United States

This web-of-life drama with a dark comedic edge takes place in a small town on the fictional island of Wilby, somewhere off the coast of Nova Scotia. Here we get to know quite a few people, beginning with Dan Jarvis (James Allodi), a video store owner whose wife has just left him. His exquisite despair, agitation and dead serious suicidal impulses are occasioned not only by this loss but, more fundamentally, by the fact that he is being exposed, against his wishes, as a gay man, not a social status often sought in this tight little conservative village.

Jarvis's forced "outing" is part of a more sweeping attack on regular gatherings of homosexuals and drug users at a waterfront park. Turns out that developers are behind the exposes. They're almost drooling in anticipation of establishing a destination golf club with surrounding upscale houses on the now public park land, once they succeed in convincing the townsfolk that the only sure way to keep unsavory characters from corrupting their young people and way of life is to get rid of that park, i.e., by selling it to them, and for a song at that.

We also meet Buddy French (Paul Gross), a straight arrow local cop, and his tightly wound wife Carol (Sandra Oh), who has gotten herself into a chronic dither chasing brass rings in the world of real estate sales. Then there is Sandy Anderson (Rebecca Jenkins), the faded sex queen and mother of teenage daughter Emily (Ellen Page), whom Sandy worries will follow in her own pathetic footsteps.

Rounding out the group of major players in this drama are Wilby's Mayor, Brent Fisher (Maury Chaykin), whose porcine joviality seems overdone, perhaps to cover less seemly activities, and the pivotal character Duck MacDonald (Callum Keith Rennie), an Everyman clad perpetually in overalls, whose gentle manner and near omnipresence suggest that he's a sort of guardian angel placed among these humans to bail them out of trouble. In smaller roles, there's also Irene (Mary Ellen MacLean), a first rate gossip, and Buddy's police partner, Stan (played by the film's writer-director, Daniel McIvor), whose conduct is sometimes nefarious.

I take the trouble to mention all of these people because the film is really more a series of character sketches than a narrative, and because the acting is, with perhaps one exception, uniformly fine. For some viewers, the exception may be Sandra Oh's over-the-top frenzied behavior during much of the film, though certainly there are ambitious control freaks out there in the real world who carry on like she does. (Incidentally, the beauty of Ms. Oh's face is captured stunningly here by DP Rudolf Blahacek, especially in profile in a scene shot while she is driving.)

Some viewers might also wonder whether James Allodi's compulsive suicidal behavior as the deeply suffering Dan Jarvis is also over the top. He keeps making good faith efforts to end his life that are thwarted, sometimes in ways that make you laugh even when your intentions are otherwise. In this darkly funny depiction, MacIvor seems to have borrowed from the drollery of Bud Cort's habitual suicidal poses in "Harold and Maude."

We viewers can also easily see the pain in Jarvis's face and wonder how so many of the town citizens can fail to notice or respond to him. Fact is that in real life this is common. Often people are either too self absorbed or otherwise preoccupied to see pain in others. Or if they do, they gloss over it because they are too busy or are reluctant to intrude, to mind another person's business.

The film offers a wonderful quote from Mark Twain, delivered by Buddy French to Mayor Fisher: "Golf: A good walk ruined." "Wilby" was produced not by Canada's National Film Board, the source of so many wonderful movies from that country, but jointly by the provincial film boards of Nova Scotia and Ontario. The location for the film is actually not an island at all, but rather the town of Shelburne, pop. 2,000, on the southwest coast of the Nova Scotian mainland.) "Wilby" is unlikely to get wide U. S. distribution, and that is unfortunate, because it's a little gem of a movie. My rating: 8/10 (B+). (Seen on 11/28/05). If you'd like to read more of my reviews, send me a message for directions to my websites.

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