Wilby Wonderful

Poster for Wilby Wonderful

Winter 2005 Edge series

Sunday, February 20, 2005 at 4:00pm
Sunday, February 20, 2005 at 7:00pm

Acadia Cinema's Al Whittle Theatre
450 Main Street, Wolfville, NS

Directed by


Rated 14A · 1h 40m

Playwright, actor and director Daniel MacIvor (Past Perfect) has long been one of Canada’s leading dramatic humourists as well as shining as a talented character actor. Wilby Wonderful, MacIvor’s second film as a director, features a who’s who of Canadian stars in a dark comedy about the denizens of Wilby, a small Maritime island town where folks are trying to maintain business as usual in the face of a very unusual business.

The lineup of colourful characters features local realtor Carol French (Sandra Oh, Last Night) who is trying to sell the mayor (Maury Chaykin, Owning Mahoney) her late mother-in-law’s house. Her police-officer husband Buddy (Paul Gross, Men with Brooms) is embroiled in an investigation into the town’s deviant underbelly while poised to begin a love affair with the newly-returned and morally questionable Sandra Anderson (Rebecca Jenkins, Perfect Pie). Meanwhile, Sandra’s daughter Emily (Ellen Page, Marion Bridge) is about to begin a love affair of her own. Fleshing out the town is the apparently dyslexic sign painter Duck MacDonald (Callum Keith Rennie, Falling Angels), the depressive video store owner Dan Jarvis (James Allodi, Men with Brooms) and Buddy’s partner — the rather dense Stan (Daniel MacIvor, Past Perfect).

It’s just another Thursday in Wilby. But why is Dan trying to kill himself in all the wrong places? Where are all the drugs suddenly coming from? What is Carol going to do about the body in the closet? And why does Duck have the whole thing backwards? Wilby Wonderful chases truth, transformation, romance and mystery in twenty-four hours, Maritimes style.