9 user 13 critic

Radiant City (2006)

2:30 | Trailer

On Disc

at Amazon

An examination of the nature of modern suburbia.


Jim Brown, Gary Burns


Gary Burns, Jim Brown
1 win & 2 nominations. See more awards »



Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?

Learn more

More Like This 

Man Running (2018)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  

A doctor runs in a grueling 24-hour, 100-mile ultramarathon over rugged mountain terrain as he avoids the aftermath of a recent incident in his medical practice. Over the course of the ... See full summary »

Director: Gary Burns
Stars: Gord Rand, Ivana Shein, Milli Wilkinson
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

In an effort to re-connect a pessimistic "Everyman" with humanity, a journalist takes him on a voyage of possibilities as seen through the eyes of leading thinkers in the arts and sciences.

Directors: Jim Brown, Gary Burns
Stars: Paul Ahmarani, Liane Balaban, Shigeru Ban
Waydowntown (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A group of young employees bet a month's salary, winner takes all, on who can last the longest without going outside.

Director: Gary Burns
Stars: Fab Filippo, Don McKellar, Marya Delver
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Three sets of Canadian slackers enjoy a series of comic misadventures as they each make their way across town.

Director: Gary Burns
Stars: Joel McNichol, Stephen Spender, Stewart Burdett
Comedy | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

A young man in Calgary, Alberta is multiphobic: nonetheless, he believes that he is the cause of the fear which is killing people around him.

Director: Gary Burns
Stars: Paulo Costanzo, Emily Hampshire, Camille Sullivan
Kitchen Party (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A group of teenagers come together to indulge in that great Canadian pastime, the house-party, and find themselves literally confined to the kitchen trapped by an extraordinary well ... See full summary »

Director: Gary Burns
Stars: Scott Speedman, Tygh Runyan, John Payne
The Mandalorian (TV Series 2019)
Fantasy | Sci-Fi

The travails of a lone gunfighter in the outer reaches of the galaxy, far from the authority of the New Republic.

Stars: Pedro Pascal, Brendan Wayne, Jamal Antar


Cast overview, first billed only:
Daniel Jeffery ... Nick Moss
Bob Legare ... Evan Moss
Jane MacFarlane Jane MacFarlane ... Anne Moss
Ashleigh Fidyk Ashleigh Fidyk ... Jennifer Moss
Curt McKinstry Curt McKinstry ... Ken (as Curt McKinistry)
Karen Planden Karen Planden ... Karen (as Karen Jeffery)
Mikeala Jeffrey Mikeala Jeffrey ... Nicole (as Michaela Jeffery)
Amanda Friesen ... Tina (as Amanda Guenther)
Hong Cheng Hong Cheng ... Hong
Kyle Grant Kyle Grant ... Kyle
Austin Penny Austin Penny ... Austin
Cayla Wolever Cayla Wolever ... Terry
Aaron Elekes Aaron Elekes ... Himself
Delphine Brooker Delphine Brooker ... Play Director
Stirling Karlsen Stirling Karlsen ... Play Actor


Since the end of World War II, one of kind of urban residential development has dominate how cities in North America have grown, the suburbs. In these artificial neighborhoods, there is a sense of careless sprawl in an car dominated culture that ineffectually tries to create the more organically grown older communities. Interspersed with the comments of various experts about the nature of suburbia, we follow the lives of various inhabitants of this pervasive urban sprawl and hear their thoughts. However at the end, there is a twist that plays on the falseness of the world in they live. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis



Official Sites:

Official site





Release Date:

30 May 2007 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Edmonton, Alberta, Canada


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,608, 8 April 2007
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs





Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See full technical specs »

Did You Know?


James Howard Kunstler: Eighty percent of everything ever built in North America has been built in the last 50 years. And most of it is brutal, ugly, depressing, unhealthy, and spiritually degrading.
See more »


Features Execution Paintball (2006) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

A Doc For The Times
10 December 2007 | by groggoSee all my reviews

There's a surprise, 'trick' ending to this documentary, but it doesn't really matter. We are given a revealing close-up of life in suburbia, those densely populated, manufactured wastelands that may have been obsolete 20 years ago.

The film was made in and around Calgary, Alberta, Canada, but, given the physical sameness of suburbia, it could have been made anywhere in Canada or the U.S. We see endless streets with almost identical homes, 'permanent' construction resembling war zones, no trees, no natural parks, no sidewalks, no people. But we DO see masses of vehicles, and super-duper shopping malls that have everything a human being will ever need in war or peace, feast or famine.

The inner city evolved 'organically' (according to one observer in the film). Conversely, the suburbs are pre-packaged 'communities' where all buyers need is an ample wallet and at least two gas-guzzling vehicles (one MUST be an SUV, apparently). A sense of 'togetherness,' as generally understood, is artificially imposed or flat-out illusory. Like secreted apartment dwellers in big cities, single-family suburban dwellers often barely know their neighbours.

Public transit, walking, cycling, etc. are simply non-starters when suburbanites live two hours from their jobs. According to the film, they spend an average of 55 DAYS (!!) a year on the roads, mostly commuting back and forth to work.

(Late Note: In March 2008, 'Radiant City' won the Genie Award --often called Canada's version of the Academy Awards -- for best Canadian documentary film.)

11 of 14 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 9 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Action and Adventure Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular action and adventure titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial

Recently Viewed