Seomra Spraoi

Dublin's Autonomous Social Centre

Seomra Spraoi Cinema — Radiant City

Seomra Spraoi / Sunday 3rd May / 5pm–7:30pm

Screening at 5pm, Radiant City is a National Film Board of Canada film released in 2006 at the Toronto Film Festival, about suburban sprawl and the fictional Moss family who live in the suburbs.

The film consists of two components. One tells of the five member Moss family who have just moved from the city into a brand new suburban development. The narrative is set in the Evergreen suburb of Calgary, Alberta. The family discuss and portray life in the suburbs, and the various flaws and advantages of modern suburban life, with a considerably greater emphasis on the flaws. While the characters and instances in the movie are fictional, the actors that play them all do live in real suburban areas.

Interspersed with this narrative, experts speak to the camera about their views of the suburbs. These include Joseph Heath, Mark Kingwell, James Howard Kunstler, and Beverly Sandalack. These portions are filmed in different suburban areas of North America, including Oakville, Ontario.