Radiant City on CBC Newsworld

Radiant City

I saw Gary Burns’ funny/frightening meditation on suburbia, Radiant City, a few months ago but didn’t get a chance to write anything about it here. But I wanted to alert my Canadian readers to the fact that CBC’s The Passionate Eye will be presenting the film this Sunday, April 6 at 10pm (Eastern and Pacific Time) on CBC Newsworld.

It was this film that introduced me to the work of James Howard Kunstler, who can also be described as funny/frightening. I’ve just finished reading his book The Long Emergency, about our imminent post-oil future, and his weblog is just as accurate and sobering.

The film itself is not like any other documentary you’ve ever seen, and it tells us some things we all need to hear about our unsustainable addiction to suburban comfort. If you miss the television broadcast, you can buy the DVD from Amazon.ca or from Amazon.com.

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2 Responses to Radiant City on CBC Newsworld

  1. Murray W. says:

    It’s not a documentary. It’s a work of fiction.

  2. James McNally says:

    Thanks for your comment, Murray, but I would argue that it’s not strictly a work of fiction. To be completely honest, I’d have to describe it as a hybrid of fiction and documentary, but I was trying not to “spoil” it for anyone who hasn’t yet seen it.

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