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Fall 2007
November 13

Radiant City

Radiant City  photosCanada, 2006, 93 min., documentary
Directors: Jim Brown, Gary Burns

An astute and unsettling portrait of drive-through life...

Gary Burns, Canada's king of surreal comedy, joins journalist Jim Brown on an outing to the burbs. Sprawl is eating the planet. Across the continent the landscape is being levelled—blasted clean of distinctive features and overlaid with zombie monoculture. Politicians call it growth. Developers call it business. The Moss family call it home. While Evan Moss zones out in commuter traffic, Ann boils over in her dream kitchen and the kids play sinister games amidst the fresh foundations of monster houses. Burns and Brown rummage through a toybox of cultural references, from Jane Jacobs to The Sopranos, to create a provocative reflection on why we live the way we do. Riffing off sitcoms and reality TV, they play fast and loose with a range of cinematic devices to consider what happens when cities get sick and mutate.

Chosen as one of "Canada's Top Ten" of 2006 by the TIFFG.

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»  Radiant City website.
»  NFB Collection listing.


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