Whole New Thing

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Whole New Thing
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Directed by Amnon Buchbinder
Produced by Camelia Frieberg
Written by Daniel MacIvor
Amnon Buchbinder
Starring Aaron Webber
Daniel MacIvor
Robert Joy
Rebecca Jenkins
Callum Keith Rennie
Kathryn MacLellan
Music by David Buchbinder
Cinematography Christopher Ball
Edited by Angela Baker
Distributed by THINKfilm
Release dates
  • September 12, 2005 (2005-09-12) (Toronto International Film Festival)
  • February 3, 2006 (2006-02-03) (Canada)
Running time
92 minutes
Country Canada
Language English

Whole New Thing is a 2005 Canadian dramatic film which was directed by Amnon Buchbinder. The script is co-written by Amnon Buchbinder and Daniel MacIvor. Filmed entirely on location in Mahone Bay and Halifax, Nova Scotia, during winter and over the course of 15 days, the film is an unconventional coming-of-age narrative of a 13-year-old boy, Emerson Thorsen (played by Aaron Webber). Emerson lives in an isolated straw-bale house with his counter-cultural parents, Rog (Robert Joy) and Kaya (Rebecca Jenkins). However, when Kaya decides that homeschooling provides too little structure for Emerson, she enrolls him at the local middle-school under the tuition of 43-year-old Don Grant (Daniel MacIvor). Emerson, despite displaying a developed intellectual approach to sexuality, discovers the problems that come with developing a crush, and the taboo of this crush being his teacher.

The film soundtrack is scored by David Buchbinder and contains songs by The Hidden Cameras.

The film is distributed by THINKFilm and co-funded by the NSFDC.

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