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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 »
Tagline:
The incredible true story of how the world's greatest Street Art movie was never made... See more »
Plot:
The story of how an eccentric French shop-keeper and amateur film-maker attempted to locate and befriend Banksy... See more » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 28 wins & 24 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Everybody forges a million pounds, right? See more (104 total) »

Cast

  (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
Banksy 
 
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
 
Thanks
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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MPAA:
Rated R for some language
Runtime:
87 min
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Certification:
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)

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Trivia:
The New York Times movie reviewer Jeannette Catsoulis coined a new term for this kind of film: prankumentary.See more »
Quotes:
Banksy:Warhol repeated iconic images until they became meaningless, but there was still something iconic about them. Thierry really makes them meaningless.See more »
Movie Connections:
References The Shining (1980)See more »
Soundtrack:
Kronkite (Instrumental version)See more »

FAQ

Why Is it called Exit Through the Gift Shop?
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42 out of 60 people found the following review useful.
Everybody forges a million pounds, right?, 5 March 2010
Author: the_rattlesnake25 from Sheffield, UK

An experience will ultimately become a diluted memory, unless the experience itself is documented in image or film, in which case it will last forever (or until it is deleted/destroyed...). 'Exit Through The Gift Shop' is a brilliant examination of the underground street art culture, and a poignant look at man's obsession with a culture he is increasingly drawn into throughout his life.

Thierry Guetta (pronounced Te-ree), is a French immigrant living Los Angeles with his loving wife and children and a good honest job, but there is one object he will never leave the house without; his video camera. Guetta has been enticed into the everyday cinema verité movement of simply recording any, and everything that goes on in his life. From playing with his children, to his ultimate attraction of following other street artists around and documenting their work, Guetta loves to watch, document and admire from behind the lens. Guetta eventually earns the trust and respect of various artists around the globe including the elusive Banksy, his cousin Space Invader and Shepard Fairey, and provides the audience with an up close and personal view of a culture (or industry) which has been projected into the limelight over the past five years.

Narrated by Rhys Ifans, 'Exit' has been acknowledged as not having a registered director, instead it is a smoothly edited combination of Guetta's extensive and various filmed sequences from over the years (the film shows his EXTENSIVE physical collection of tapes from more than decade of film-making) and interviews with various leading figures in the industry. For example Banksy is interviewed at length over his involvement with Guetta and comes across as a very down-to-earth, humble and at times, incredibly funny person. While everybody, including Guetta, are extremely brazen and don't hold back when speaking about each other, their profession or how the street art culture has developed over time into a somewhat monopolistic environment (which can be viewed by the fact that the rich and famous turned out in droves for Banksy's first exhibition in the United States).

This isn't a film about 'graffiti' though, as some may simply see it as on the surface, aside from the exploration of a fast growing community it is also a deep, scary and heart-warming look at Thierry Guetta's life over a decade onwards as he constantly leaves behind his family and his job to follow various artists around the globe. Mentally unstable, or one of the greatest French minds of the last twenty years, nobody is quite sure what Thierry Guetta (also known as Mr Brainwash) is, but what everybody does acknowledge is that he is a man with a passion and while he may not follow the same ideology as everybody else, his heart is still in the right place. 'Exit Through The Gift Shop' is a fascinating documentary focusing on a rising culture that many people may not have much knowledge about, except for knowing the name of the elusive, and as I have mentioned, surprisingly hilarious Banksy.

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DEFINITIVE PROOF oborboa
So Thierry is actually Banksy, yeah? JebusJones
Not a documentary about street art or banksy NateTSU
Thierry Guetta's true identity... banhfcs
interesting take on the movie ihath
The character 'Mister Brainwash' is a work by Banksy parcifalneyt
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