Architecture in Film

Date: Oct 6
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Where: Theatre
Special Film Festival

October 2 – 7 marks NL Architecture Week.  Join us along with the Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Architects for two evenings of Architecture in Film at The Rooms.


Director – Peter Weir/ Writer – Andrew Niccol
Producers Scott Rudin, Andrew Niccol, Edward S. Feldman, and Adam Schroeder, USA 1998

The Truman Show features Jim Carrey as Truman Burbank, a man who grew up living an ordinary life that –unbeknownst to him – takes place on a large set populated by actors for a television show about him.

The Truman show has been analyzed as an exploration of simulated reality, existentialism surveillance, religion, meta-philosophy, privacy, and reality television, and described as a genre-blending that features elements of dystopian fiction, metafiction, psychological drama, romantic comedy, satire, and social science fiction. The majority of filming took place at Seaside, Florida, a master-planned community located in the Florida Panhandle.

It is this last notion as why there is such an architectural connection. Current Single-use Zoning Codes throughout North America and particularly in St. John’s create unimaginative and unsustainable sprawl. The planners for Seaside Florida were Andres Duany and Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, famous for their ground breaking and lifelong work or New Urbanism. They provide the method and means to design new communities based on 19th century Town-Making Principles. We can do the same or better in St. John’s.

Charles Henley will be on hand to introduce the film and to offer a short Q&A following the film.

This is a free event, but seating is limited so please reserve your free ticket by clicking "Buy Tickets" or by calling 757-8090.