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Exit Through the Gift Shop -- Shop owner Thierry Guetta's project to document the underground world of street art takes an unforeseen turn when he meets Banksy, who in turn films the shop owner's attempts to be an artist himself.
Exit Through the Gift Shop -- 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.


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Release Date:
14 May 2010 (USA) See more »
The incredible true story of how the world's greatest Street Art movie was never made... See more »
The story of how an eccentric French shop-keeper and amateur film-maker attempted to locate and befriend Banksy... See more » | Add synopsis »
Nominated for Oscar. Another 28 wins & 24 nominations See more »
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asks the tried and true question really: what is art, and who the hell can be an artist? See more (103 total) »


  (in credits order)

Banksy ... Himself

Mr. Brainwash ... Himself (as Thierry Guetta aka Mister Brainwash)
Debora Guetta ... Herself
Space Invader ... Himself
Monsieur André ... Himself
Zeus ... Himself

Shepard Fairey ... Himself

Ron English ... Himself
Caledonia Curry ... Herself (as Swoon)
Borf ... Himself
Buffmonster ... Himself
Steve Lazarides ... Himself
Wendy Asher ... Herself
Roger Gastman ... Himself
Laurent Nahoum-Vatinet ... Himself
Amanda Fairey ... Herself
Romain Lefebure ... Himself
Clemence Janin ... Herself
David Healy ... Himself
Celeste Sparrow ... Herself
Derek Walborn ... Himself
Adam Lawrence ... Himself
Justin Murphy ... Himself
Justin Saliman ... Himself (as Dr Justin Saliman)
Sonja Teri ... Herself
Grace Jehan ... Herself
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Rhys Ifans ... Narrator

Christina Aguilera ... Herself (uncredited)

Beck ... Himself (uncredited)
Victor Borrayo ... Himself (uncredited)
Angie Crouch ... Herself (uncredited)

Mary Cummins ... Herself - elephant inspector (uncredited)

Liam Gallagher ... Himself (uncredited)

Noel Gallagher ... Himself (uncredited)

Angelina Jolie ... Herself (uncredited)

Jude Law ... Himself (uncredited)

Jay Leno ... Himself (uncredited)

Joshua Levine ... Himself (uncredited)

Shaquille O'Neal ... Himself (uncredited)

Brad Pitt ... Himself (uncredited)
Alastair Stewart ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Tai ... Elephant (uncredited)
Alex Thomson ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Directed by
Produced by
Zam Baring .... executive producer
Holly Cushing .... executive producer
Jaimie D'Cruz .... producer
Robert Gastman .... consulting producer
James Gay-Rees .... executive producer
Melody Howse .... assistant producer
Andrew Palmer .... consulting producer
Original Music by
Geoff Barrow 
Film Editing by
Tom Fulford 
Chris King 
Production Management
Maddy Allen .... production manager
Art Department
Poster Boy .... art
Cheez .... art
Coma .... art
Fafi .... art
Faile .... art
Ash Keating .... art
Neckface .... art
Rone .... art
Seizer-One .... artist
Sync .... art
Regan Tamanui .... art (as Regan Tamanui aka haha)
Vexta .... art
Dan Witz .... art
Monsieur André .... art (uncredited)
Banksy .... art (uncredited)
Borf .... art (uncredited)
Mr. Brainwash .... art (uncredited)
Buffmonster .... art (uncredited)
Caledonia Curry .... art (uncredited)
Shepard Fairey .... art (uncredited)
Space Invader .... art (uncredited)
Zeus .... art (uncredited)
Sound Department
Jim Carey .... head of sound
Jack Gillies .... supervising sound editor
Mark Henry .... consulting sound supervisor
Mark Henry .... sound mixer
Alan Sallabank .... re-recording mixer
Grant Waters .... sound mixer
Visual Effects by
Adam Glasman .... digital colourist
Aurora Shannon .... digital intermediate assistant
Camera and Electrical Department
Mr. Brainwash .... camera operator (as Thierry Guetta)
Eric Coleman .... camera operator
Brian Cross .... camera operator (as B+)
Jaimie D'Cruz .... camera operator
Jerry Henry .... camera operator
Karolyn Holbon .... camera operator
Melody Howse .... camera operator
Steve Lazarides .... still photographer
Romain Lefebure .... camera operator
Tristan Manco .... still photographer
Todd Mazer .... camera operator
Luca Mercuri .... assistant camera
Andy Phipps .... camera operator
Editorial Department
Adam Eddy .... on-line editor
Rob Farris .... digital intermediate producer
Steve Harrow .... post-production consultant
Becky Start .... post production services
Nick Timms .... technical operator
Music Department
Geoff Barrow .... music supervisor
Roni Size .... composer: additional music
Roni Size .... performer: additional music
Other crew
Pablo Aravena .... graffiti film archive
Lou Auguste .... graffiti film archive
Simon Durban .... production accountant
Keith Haskel .... graffiti film archive
Simon Huntley .... production accountant
Dana O'Keefe .... sales agent
George Pank .... business affairs consultant
Nick Blackford .... thanks
Jay Burridge .... thanks (as Jay Jay Burridge)
Gerard Cantwell .... thanks
Henry Chalfant .... thanks
Jos Cushing .... thanks
Mark Dear .... thanks
Jacqui Edwards .... thanks
Ron English .... thanks
Faile .... thanks
Amanda Fairey .... thanks
Shepard Fairey .... thanks
Germán Andrés Fares .... thanks
Pip Gill .... thanks
Debora Guetta .... thanks
Damien Hirst .... thanks
Rachel Holroyd .... thanks
Derek Kersting .... thanks
Steve Lazarides .... thanks
Blek Le Rat .... thanks
Kate Leonard-Morgan .... thanks
Tristan Manco .... thanks
Andy Phipps .... thanks
Antoine Robin .... thanks
Kim Stephens .... thanks
Elizabeth Thornton .... thanks (as Betty-Belle Thornton)
Vhils .... thanks

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Rated R for some language
87 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.78 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:M | Canada:PG (British Columbia) | Canada:14A (Ontario) | Canada:G (Quebec) | France:Tous publics | Germany:6 (f) | Ireland:12A | Japan:G | Portugal:M/6 | Singapore:M18 | South Korea:12 | Switzerland:7 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:7 (canton of Vaud) | UK:15 | USA:R (certificate #46044)

Did You Know?

The New York Times movie reviewer Jeannette Catsoulis coined a new term for this kind of film: prankumentary.See more »
Thierry Guetta:That's why I call myself Mr. Brainwash. It's because everything that I do... somewhere... it brainwash your face!See more »
Movie Connections:
Tonight the Streets Are OursSee more »


Why Is it called Exit Through the Gift Shop?
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63 out of 75 people found the following review useful.
asks the tried and true question really: what is art, and who the hell can be an artist?, 15 May 2010
Author: MisterWhiplash from United States

Exit Through the Gift Shop is credited as "a film by Banksy", who is a notorious and perhaps the most popular and widely acclaimed (and the premiere provocateur) in the group of street artists from the past several years. Yet his credit as director is something of a lark; he's never directed before, and he claims at the end of the film that this will be the last time he helps someone make a documentary on street artists. The bulk of the footage shot was by another artist (or some would say 'so-called'), Theirry Guetta, a former clothing store owner who used to take super-cheap and mis-made clothes and sell them for rocket-high prices as if they were designer wear, who started taping everything one day, just whatever was around him. Then, when his cousin, nicknamed 'Space Invader', took him around to show him how he put up his stenciled artwork around town, Thierry became enamored and followed anyone who would let him around town with his camera.

Soon, a documentary was looking like it was taking shape, but was it really? At one point, after years of filming and amassing such a large collection that it would make all OCD-ers cringe, he did try and make a documentary out of it called 'LIFE REMOTE CONTROL - THE MOVIE', which Banksy, upon watching it, didn't really know what to say, since he hated it and couldn't really put it in words. Thierry wasn't a filmmaker, and he wasn't an artist, but he went after doing both anyway, and it's him that Banksy makes the focus of, taking his masses of footage- most of it on street artists who remain anonymous (only a few, like Shepard Fairey who made the red and blue Obama poster so iconic, go unblurred on camera)- and telling this story of this... kind of nutty guy, and how somehow, by his determination and, indeed, some mental imbalance, he became "Mr. Brain-Wash", a self-created art phenomenon that is basically a huge collection of Andy Warhol rip-off screen prints of celebrities (how huge you might ask? Well, there's a reason I kept thinking of Howard Hughes during the film, and a Spruce Goose comparison isn't far off).

Banksy says at the start he didn't want Thierry doing a documentary on him since he didn't think he was very interesting, and turned the camera on his original documentarian instead. I wonder though how much of this is really true, or perhaps just part of Banksy's own mystique; the guy is like The Shadow of street artists, with a touch of Tyler Durden. He pops up, does his thing, and leaves, trying to get by with his "gray-legal-area" artwork in Britain and elsewhere, and making waves with his real provocative pieces (i.e. the art on the Palestine wall, and especially the stunt at Disneyland, which is one of the most fascinating parts of the film). He remains a shadow unto himself on screen, becoming like one of his stencils in a silhouette form and a voice muffled by distortion. But then again, he knows that he can only be so self-indulgent - how can he keep up, for example, with a guy like Thierry Guetta.

He is the real star of the film, and he really is one of a kind, a genuinely interesting "character" who sometimes, ala Howard Hughes, repeats things a bit too much, and like Michael Scott on the Office can seem to put himself in some awkward positions. He's also good in a crunch (such as the Disneyland incident), and his very first piece of art- his own self-portrait as a guy with shaggy hair and a hat and a camera- was put all over town by himself and it's a genuinely good piece. And his how he relates to others if interesting too; he takes some really long stretches of time from his family, and those he documents like Shepard Fairey don't know whether he's a genuinely good guy or just wacko, or both in a single bound. Certainly when he is finally let loose, by way of a gentle suggestion by Banksy, to create his own art it becomes like pushing a river-boat over a mountain: something huge that should be impossible, but there it is, and WTF?

The reaction to his art, and how people see it in the film (frankly I never heard of the guy, unlike Banksy, though I'm assuming he's a big deal in elite art circles), is mixed really. A guy who just pours out hundreds of pieces of art and paintings right away instead of taking years for the craft? What separates him from Banksy, and it's most likely what makes this such a great documentary, is the method of hype. That really is what is the hook here (I can imagine this being a fantastic double feature, by the way, with My Kid Could Paint That), that this guy ended up being such a sensation by pimping himself out there, getting on the cover of a magazine, without building up street cred (forgive the pun) that most of the artists shown here need to get. As Banksy notes, there are no real rules in art, though MBW probably did break them... which he can't really condemn nor condone exactly. He is what he is, and his big bushy sideburns lead up to passionate eyes and a sense of life and art that is... um, influenced?

This is the only documentary you need to see on street art, if there even are any others. Perhaps Banksy means for this to be *the* statement on it and leave it at that. It kept me contemplating long after it was over, and I'm sure to revisit it many times. That I have only a minimal interest in street art should go without saying; Guetta, Banksy, and everyone else make this a must-see.

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So Thierry is actually Banksy, yeah? JebusJones
Not a documentary about street art or banksy NateTSU
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