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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:
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Filming Locations:

Did You Know?

Paul Gross' two children Hannah and Jack Gross appear in the background of the movie.See more »
Buddy French:I like Mark Twain. You know what else he said? "Faith is believing something you know isn't true."See more »
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28 out of 33 people found the following review useful.
Review from the 2004 TIFF, 13 September 2004
Author: Richard from Toronto

I saw this film at the 2004 Toronto International Film Festival.

Wilby Wonderful is the latest film from director, writer, playwright, and actor Daniel MacIvor. Set in a small island town, the film follows a cast of characters (played by a veritable who's who of Canadian cinema) over the course of a single day.

There is the woman who grew up in Wilby, moved away, and returned with her teenaged daughter to reopen a cafe (Rebecca Jenkins and Ellen Page, who previously worked together on the MacIvor-penned Marion Bridge). There is one of the town's police officers (Paul Gross), and his businesswoman wife (Sandra Oh), who find themselves in a marriage that has drifted apart. There is the town mayor, played by Maury Chaykin, and a dyslexic painter, played by Callum Keith Rennie. And finally, there is a video store owner (James Allodi), who spends much of the movie making ineffectual attempts to commit suicide. Lurking under it all is a scandal that will affect them all.

The film takes a look at the connections between the people in a small town, their hopes and dreams (both realized and not), and their prejudices. It shows people trying to both discover new, and recapture lost, feelings. As Paul Gross' character puts it while standing on the shore, looking at the mainland: seeing where you came from lets you remember what you wanted for the future.

I really enjoyed this movie, my one Canadian pick for the festival this year. The cast acquits themselves well, and despite the relatively large number of characters, I didn't feel like I was distracted by too many story lines, or that any one character received more attention than the others. And despite the limited timeframe of the movie, a single day, the story did not feel rushed or hurried. I thought the resolutions found or not found by the characters followed from what was seen and felt on screen, and didn't come out of the blue.

Daniel MacIvor, along with pretty much the entire cast, attended the screening. MacIvor gave quite an entertaining introduction before the film and stayed afterwards for a Q&A session:

- MacIvor calls the film a "Canadian commercial film", and wanted it to be familiar, but with a twist to wake everyone up.

- The story took about three years to make it to the screen, starting from around New Year's Eve 2001 at a party of Canadian director Jeremy Podeswa.

- MacIvor wanted to write a "guy with a heart story" rather than his usual fare.

- The movie was originally to be called Honey, but then the Jessica Alba movie of the same name came out, which necessitated a change. This lead to the current title, which affected part of the story.

- MacIvor said the theater (and the movie) contained pretty much every famous Canadian actor, assuming Don McKellar and Sarah Polley were in the room (not sure about Polley, but I did see McKellar talking with the cast outside the theatre prior to the showing). He found it weirdly easy to get the cast he wanted, helped by being able to tell people that he wrote specific parts for them.

- MacIvor was asked if writing for a wide range of characters was harder than writing for a few. His response was that he wanted to learn how, and figured there was no better way than to try. He was worried that the audience might attach themselves to a specific storyline and spend much of the movie waiting to get back to their favoured plot, but those fears were dispelled by the excellent acting of the cast.

- Because the film is set during the course of a single day, editing and continuity is harder.

- MacIvor was asked if he is now favouring films over plays or vice-versa. He said he isn't favouring either, and is currently working on both a new play and a new screenplay. Asked about the difference between the two , he said that what he doesn't like about films (vs. writing plays) is that once a film is complete, he can't change it.

- When starting to write, things for the stage tend to start out post-modern; but for a movie, it is usually an idea about watching somebody.

- About the differences between film and theatre, he likes to use the quote, "it's not apples and oranges or cats and dogs, it's apples and dogs", they're completely different. He likes to think from the theatre background he's able to bring a collaborative, inclusive feeling to the set. Art in theatre is live in front of the audience, whereas in film it is light projected on a flat surface and the art has happened previously.

- As a writer, he finds that sometimes for film he writes too much.

- Asked about writing specifically Canadian stories, he said that while he has made a commitment to stay in Canada and more specifically, in Nova Scotia, he likes to keep stories open so that people do not focus on watching a story about a specific group (islanders, easterners, Canadians, etc).

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