New Waterford Girl


97 minutes – Comedy
Language: English
Release date: May 30, 2000
Canadian Distributor: Alliance Atlantis

New Waterford Girl is a coming-of-age story about Mooney Pottie, a fifteen-year-old girl living in New Waterford on Cape Breton who desperately wants to study art in New York. Her parents think she’d be better off becoming a nurse. Mooney (Liane Balaban in her feature debut) is a thoughtful and intelligent bookworm, a dreamer who is regarded by everyone, including her family, as an oddball and misfit. But Mooney is highly perceptive and sees the limitations of this small, conservative town. New Waterford seems full of loser boys and the only way out seems to be to become pregnant. Mooney is befriended by a newcomer to town, Lou (Spencer-Nairn), who has arrived from New York and has inherited her father`s talent as a boxer. Together they come up with a scheme to fake a pregnancy for Mooney and maybe a ticket out of town for a small town girl with big city dreams.

Also see: A review of New Waterford Girl.

Trailer and poster courtesy of Alliance Atlantis. Used with permission. The poster was scanned from an original in the Northernstars Collection.

New Waterford Girl, movie, poster,



Jennifer Kawaja
Julia Sereny

Executive Producer:

Christopher Zimmer
Ted East
Victor Lowery


Allan Moyle


Trisha Fish


Derek Rogers


Susan Maggi


Geoff Bennett
Longo Hai
Ben Johannesen

Cast: Roles:

Liane Balaban
Tara Spencer-Nairn
Andrew McCarthy
Mary Walsh
Nicholas Campbell
Cathy Moriarty
Stacy Smith
Adrien Dixon
Mark McKinney
Ida Donovan
Jody Richardson
Marguerite McNeil
Bette MacDonald
John Dunsworth

Agnes Marie “Mooney” Pottie
Lou Benzoa
Cecil Sweeney
Cookie Pottie
Francis Pottie
Midge Benzoa
Felix Pottie
Doctor Hogan
Mrs. Roach
Elderly woman