Wilby Wonderful (Canada 2004)


Daniel MacIvor


Daniel MacIvor


Executive Producer:

Joe Frieberg


Camelia Frieberg


Sherrie Johnson

Associate Producer:

Geneviève Appleton

Line Producer:

Stephen J. Turnbull




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


Marcella Grimaux

Mackenzie Fisher


(Complete Cast & Crew)

Wilby Wonderful

Ellen Page Online Movie Rating:



Drama / Comedy


99 minutes




CAD $2,500,000

Filming dates:

21st July - 25th August 2003

Filming locations:

Shelburne, Nova Scotia, Canada / Picton, Ontario, Canada



World premiere:

13th September 2004 (Toronto Film Festival, Canada)

Company / Studio:

Palpable Productions, Da Da Kamera, Mongrel Media, Film Movement and other

Official website:


IMDb website:


DVD premiere:

5th April 2005 (Canada, Region Code 1, Film Movement) (click here to see more DVD releases)







English Press Kit by Mongrel Media

(PDF Document, 84,7 KB)


English Press Kit by Filmmovement

(PDF Document, 240 KB)



Over the course of twenty-four hours, the residents of the tiny island town of Wilby try to maintain business as a sex scandal threatens to rock the town to its core. The town’s video store owner, Dan Jarvis (James Allodi) – depressed over the pending revelations about his love life – decides to end it all, but keeps getting interrupted by Duck MacDonald (Callum Keith Rennie), the town’s dyslexic sign-painter, during his half-hearted suicide attempts.

Meanwhile, Dan has enlisted blindly ambitious real estate agent Carol French (Sandra Oh) to sell his house in an effort to quickly tie up the last of his loose ends. Carol, however, is more interested in selling her recently deceased mother-in-law’s house to Mayor Brent Fisher (Maury Chaykin), in order to get in with the in-crowd.
To take her social step up, Carol could use the help of her police officer husband Buddy (Paul Gross), but Buddy has his hands full with sexy, wrong-side-of-the-tracks Sandra Anderson (Rebecca Jenkins), who can never decide if she is coming or going. Sandra’s daughter Emily (Ellen Page) is none too thrilled about her mother repeating her typical pattern of married men and bad reputation, but Emily herself is just about to have her heart broken for the very first time.

Of course everyone’s concerns are going to be very different tonight when someone finds the body in the closet. Welcome to Wilby.


  • Best Supporting Actress - Canadian Film (Rebecca Jenkins, VFCC Award, 2005 Vancouver Film Critics Circle)
  • Outstanding Performance by an Actor - Female (Ellen Page, Atlantic Canadian Award, 2004 Atlantic Film Festival)


  • Daniel 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
  • Daniel MacIvor found it weirdly easy to get the cast he wanted, helped by being able to tell people that he wrote specific parts for them
  • 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
  • Post-production wrapped in February 2004

Release Dates:



Festival / Event / Location / Comment


13th September 2004

Toronto Film Festival


8th October 2004

Theatrical release / Vancouver, Toronto, Halifax


11th March 2005

Cleveland International Film Festival


24th April 2005

Miami Gay and Lesbian Film Festival

United Kingdom

7th May 2005

Commonwealth Film Festival


6th June 2005

New York Lesbian and Gay Film Festival


22nd June 2005

San Francisco Lesbian and Gay Film Festival


13th July 2005

Philadelphia Gay and Lesbian Film Festival


9th September 2005


United Kingdom

7th April 2006

London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival


June 2007

Maple Movies

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