Exit Through the Gift Shop

December 2, 20108:30pm

Described by Banksy as basically the story of how one man set out to film the un-filmable. And failed, this film shows how the legendary recluse Banksy turns the tables on eccentric French shop keeper Thierry Guetta – cousin of mosaic artist Space Invader – who tries to capture on film the process of creating street art.

Narrated by British actor Rhys Ifans and taking in the likes of artists Shepard Fairey (whose portrait of Barack Obama became an icon of his presidential campaign), Neckface, Swoon and of course Banksy himself, this often hilarious film has inspired much speculation as to whether it is a real documentary or an elaborate hoax.

A documentary on the art world may strike you as a yawn. No worries. You’ll be laughing helplessly at this one. … The line between making guerrilla art and selling out has never blurred more provocatively. Peter Travers Rolling Stone

A genuinely hip, thought-provoking work of art disguised as a doomed documentary resurrected … not just the definitive portrait of street-art counterculture, but also a hilarious expos on the gullibility of the masses who embrace manufactured creative personas. Aaron Hillis Village Voice

If it is all a put-on, count me tagged. I had too much fun to care. Exit Through the Gift Shop is not only fabulously made, it will probably spark a discussion about what art is, and its role in society. G. Allen Johnson San Francisco Chronicle

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Film Information
Release year: 2010
Running time:   87 mins
Directed by: Banksy
Language: English
Country: UK, USA
Classification: 15
Genre: Documentary
Starring: Banksy,
Thierry Guetta,
Space Invader,
Rhys Ifans

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