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No Fun City

Thu 20 October 2011 // 20:00

(Thu 20th Oct / 8pm / £5/4)

What the Eye Sees presents No Fun City - a documentary about what can happen to independent music and nightlife when it is faced with the issues of gentrification, noise complaints and stringent by-laws without support from City Hall.

Set in Vancouver, Canada, long referred to as the No Fun City, it is a passionate account of a tight-knit underground music scene and its ongoing battle for space in a city that is becoming increasingly commercialised. The camera follows the lives of musicians and promoters as venues are shut down, parties are raided, and bands resort to playing in illegal venues, DIY warehouses, and even parking lots.

The majority of the film takes place in the Downtown Eastside, Canada's poorest zip code. These brave supporters of loud music face irate neighbours, police raids, evictions, deportation, million dollar lawsuits, and City Officials in order to keep their underground music scene alive.

With interviews from legendary Vancouver bands such as Skinny Puppy and DOA, as well as current bands like 3 Inches of Blood and Japandroids. No Fun City features live high-energy music performances, candid behind the scenes action, and a throttling Rock’n’Roll soundtrack.

Vancouver DJs in the bar.