Film 2 Peep: Exit Through the Gift Shop – A Banksy Film
by Yvette Travillian
For those of you who are into street art, you are probably very familiar with the ultra-reclusive Banksy, who became famous for spraying dope graffiti art on walls and bridges in the middle of the night without ever being seen – only to leave the public absolutely puzzled in the morning. His work has shown up everywhere from the Israeli West Bank and New Orleans to Disneyland and now to take it to the next level he has directed a feature length film (that dazzled at this year’s Sundance Film Festival) which is set to be released in select theaters here in the States this month.
The documentary, Exit Through the Gift Shop is being billed as “the world’s first street art disaster movie.” It is directed by Banksy – whose true identity has long been a mystery – and narrated by the Welsh actor Rhys Ifans.
The film tells the story of an eccentric French shopkeeper called Terry Guetta, who decides to make a documentary about the shady world of street art and his attempts to find and befriend Banksy – only to have the artist turn the camera back on him when he eventually succeeds.
The film includes footage of many of the world’s most famous graffiti artists at work, and has interviews with Shepard Fairey and Invader as well as Banksy himself. It will be the first time that the elusive artist, who has long remained anonymous to avoid being prosecuted by the police, has been heard speaking.
To find out where Exit Through the Gift Shop will be playing go to: http://www.banksyfilm.com/. And check out the movies trailer below.
via: The Independent UK