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Exit through the Gift Shop

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Exit through the Gift Shop

Banksy (2010)

15 Certificate


Our Score
Whether he directed it or not, and whether it's even "true" or not, the film debut of guerrilla artist Banksy both preserves his anonymity and his integrity, providing the perfect showcase for his dark, subversive wit. Using talking heads, archive footage and a voiceover from Rhys Ifans, this documentary-within-a-documentary finds a hooded, disguised Banksy recalling how he became involved with LA-based Frenchman Thierry Guetta. A fan of street art who followed Banksy and his peers with a video camera, Guetta purported to be a film-maker, although no film ever appeared. Instead, enabled by his subjects, Guetta opted to become an artist himself, making awful, mass-produced graffiti art that, ironically, has become as valuable as the work it emulates. Slick, sharp and fantastically entertaining, this is a film that works not just as a cautionary tale about the pitfalls of helping strangers but also on a deeper level as a crafty meditation on art, its true value and our own gullibility.


Documentary following Los Angeles-based graffiti fan Thierry Guetta as he sets out to make a film about street art but becomes obsessed with tracking down and befriending the notoriously camera-shy Banksy. He finally locates the elusive artist but quickly finds his footage commandeered and the focus of the feature turned on himself.

Cast & Crew

Narrator Rhys Ifans
Thierry Guetta Thierry Guetta
Director Banksy

Other Information

Language: English Colour and Black and White Theatrical distributor: Revolver Guidance: Swearing. Available on: Available on DVD and BluRay Released on: 5 Mar 2010


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