Banksy Film Exit Through the Gift Shop debuted at Sundance

Monday, January 25, 2010 Craig Grobler 0 Comments

Exit Through the Gift Shop a Banksy film has been hinted at on the net for some time - over here > . It seems that the film is real and has just been seen for the first time at the Sundance 2010 Festival.

Exit Through the Gift Shop, narrated by “Notting Hill” actor Rhys Ifans, opens with Banksy himself -- or at least a silhouette of him. Photographed in the dark, wearing a hoodie with his voice digitally disguised, the artist says “Gift Shop” is less about him than a guy who tried to make a movie about street art: Thierry Guetta, a French immigrant in Los Angeles who, since his mother’s death, videotapes everything in his life.

One of Guetta’s cousins is Invader, a French guerrilla artist who designs and furtively places mosaics inspired by the video game Space Invaders. Before long, Guetta is recording Invader’s installations, and is sucked into the riotous underground art world -- “It was not just illegal. It was dangerous,” Guetta says -- as it explodes in the early 2000s with the works of Shepard Fairey, Ron English and Borf, among many others.

More info at Exit Through the Gift Shop