15- Exit Through the Gift Shop [8.5]
The story of how an eccentric French shop keeper and amateur film maker attempted to locate and befriend Banksy, only to have the artist turn the camera back on its owner with spectacular results. Billed as ‘the world’s first street art disaster movie’ the film contains exclusive footage of Banksy, Shephard Fairey, Invader and many of the world’s most infamous graffiti artists at work.
This film will make you re-examine what art is and what it is worth. Exit zigzags through street culture, exposing some key artists and a fraud along the way. Part of the films playfulness is attempting to figure out who’s in on the joke and what is real. I’d like to believe the film is one big fuck you to Thierry Guetta, but even a month removed from my initial viewing, I’m not quite sure. It makes Exit Through the Gift Shop worth repeated viewings.