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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:
5 March 2010 (Ireland) See more »
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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 16 wins & 12 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
A fast-paced and highly entertaining film See more (97 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)
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Directed by
Banksy 
 
Produced by
Holly Cushing .... executive producer
Holly Cushing .... producer
Jaimie D'Cruz .... producer
Robert Gastman .... consulting producer
James Gay-Rees .... executive producer
James Gay-Rees .... 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
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 .... sound 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
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
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:U | 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 »
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References Pac-Man (1982) (VG)See more »
Soundtrack:
Kelly Watch The StarsSee more »

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18 out of 23 people found the following review useful.
A fast-paced and highly entertaining film, 16 May 2010
Author: Howard Schumann from Vancouver, B.C.

Exit Through the Gift Shop may be all smoke and mirrors but it is a highly provocative mirror we look into, one that raises many questions about the commercialization of art and even about the authenticity of the documentary form itself. Ostensibly directed by the mysterious British graffiti artist Banksy, the film, shot with a not too steady hand-held camera, describes the attempts by Los Angeles clothing store owner Thierry Guetta to capture on film the world of street artists, previously hidden from public view. Banksy, who has developed quite an underground reputation for outrageousness after posting his own paintings in the Met and other museums, is shown hooded, in shadows, and with his voice distorted.

He begins the film by explaining that the movie was supposed to be about him but when Guetta's attempt at film-making proved to be unwatchable, he took over the making of the film and it became a documentary about Guetta, and how he was transformed into the street artist known as "Mr. Brainwash". Narrated by Welsh actor Rhys Ifans (slotted to play Edward de Vere in the upcoming Roland Emmerich film Anonymous), Guetta is an garrulous and outgoing Frenchman who carries his video camera with him wherever he goes, filling up tape after tape. After meeting with his cousin known as Space Invader, a graffiti artist famous for mosaics showing characters from the Space Invader video game, he is introduced to Shepard Fairey, the man responsible for the Obama "hope" campaign in 2008 as well as street artists Monsieur André, Swoon, Sweet Toof, Borf, and many others.

Shepard and Thierry become partners in the clandestine world of graffiti-making and, even though Shepard feels that that there is something not quite right about Guetta, he is happy to have him around as a "security guard" who is willing to climb tall buildings to locate the most lucrative spots. Eventually, Thierry realizes that, in order for his film to be successful, he must find a way to find the reclusive Banksy. He finds Banksy, however, almost impossible to track down. The power of intention works wonders though, for on a trip to Los Angeles, Banksy himself contacts Thierry to ask for his help in finding the best places to post in L.A. The end result is an ongoing relationship and a Banksy art show called "Barely Legal" that does extremely well financially. As far as its artistic merits, I will leave that to others to decode.

After Banksy tells Guetta to leave his tapes with him and go put on his own show, Thierry does just that, renting an old CBS Studio and transforming it into a factory where he endeavors mightily to put on his own show "Life is Beautiful" under the name "Mr. Brainwash". The 2008 show, aided by an L.A. Weekly cover story, earns Thierry over one million dollars and catapults the Frenchman into the ranks of the world's most popular street artists. Exit Through the Gift Shop may be the real deal or it may be a tongue-in-cheek spoof of the gullibility of the public and the crass commercialism of the art world but only Banksy really knows. It does, however, provide a fast-paced and highly entertaining glimpse into a world that has, heretofore, eluded the camera because of its secretive nature and dubious legality.

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