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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 with spectacular results.
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 26 wins & 22 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Banksy's humour is as sharp as ever - but just who is the target? See more (98 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 .... 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
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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1.78 : 1 See more »
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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 film's editors had to sit through over 10,000 hours of Mr. Brainwash's tapes just to get a few minutes' worth of usable footage.See more »
Quotes:
Thierry Guetta:[talking about meeting Banksy for the first time] It was magic that this person let me film, you know? I felt like I had the piece that will finish the puzzle. It was like getting something in the daylight that... what you see in the nightlight. He was even more than I expected; he was, like, just incredible; he was cool, he was... he was human, he was... he was... he was... he is, you know, he's really like a... what he represents, you know? He's really like a... I think he's really like a... I really liked him!See more »
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Soundtrack:
Kelly Watch the StarsSee more »

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61 out of 72 people found the following review useful.
Banksy's humour is as sharp as ever - but just who is the target?, 14 April 2010
Author: jamesgill-1 from Bristol, England

It took me a while to get a chance to see this film: anybody who was around Bristol last summer for Banksy's 'Homecoming' exhibition will be aware of the popularity of the city's most celebrated son, and therefore I shouldn't have been surprised that when the first three times I tried to see the film the cinema was sold out. However, I got there in the end.

In my admittedly naïve opinion, street art is one of the most significant art movement of the 21st century. Its attraction lies in the fact that it is one of the most democratic forms of visual art – there is a conscious rejection of the safety net of critical censorship or gallery authority. Instead, the public are engaged with artists' work throughout the course of their daily lives, and it is up to them to conclude which side of the line this kind of work treads – is it graffiti, a public menace and an eyesore, or is it a work of art that has a right to be displayed wherever the artist chooses? I'm rambling. However, I wanted to establish my feelings towards street art as a whole before engaging with Banksy's satirical and humorous representation of it within Exit Through the Gift Shop.

To the film…

Banksy's first foray into film-making drags his unique sweet and sour mix of humour and political satire kicking and screaming onto the silver screen. Anyone hoping for a revelation of his true identity is to be disappointed – the film opens with a blacked-out figure of a man in a hood, and whilst the Bristol accent defies the voice alteration, it's clear that this film is not designed to be a personal unmasking. Rather, Banksy's humour has a very different kind of revelation in mind.

The true hero (or perhaps anti-hero would be a better description) is the curiously care-free French shop-keeper/amateur filmmaker, whose interest in graffiti artists is borne out of a chance confrontation with the artist known as 'Space Invader'. The film follows Guetta's attempts to capture his encounters with various street artists, including the notorious Banksy, on camera, and in the process Banksy encourages Guetta to create a documentary out of the ridiculous amount of film that he has amassed over several years of his life.

Unfortunately, Guetta, although a handy cameraman, is quite clearly not a filmmaker. Part of Banksy's skill in creating this film is that it makes us ask just who is the director in this haphazard process. One of the frequently-quoted lines of the film comes from Banksy himself, saying "it's basically the story of how one man set out to film the un-filmable. And failed." The character of Guetta that we see on screen is simply ridiculous, and yet we are attracted by his attitude of naivety. He is a hugely entertaining personality, and even more so because he appears to take himself so seriously. Even Banksy cannot quite know what to make of him. Is he a disguised genius, or a fool who got lucky? Either way, Banksy's portrayal of the way in which Guetta engages with the art world breathes new life into that clichéd question of what actually gives art both aesthetic and financial value. With the help of Rhys Ifans' superbly wry narration, the film conducts us through the emergence of the street art counterculture, and how perceptions of it have changed within the political, artistic and social establishment.

There are so many things that could be said about this film, but it is dangerous to say more without ruining the sense of the unexpected that the film generates. That is a tribute to the intricacy of the documentary narrative, in which real life personalities generate the same thrill of the unknown as fictional plot lines. Suffice it to say, I left feeling lusciously confused – who was I in the end laughing at or with? In the face of Banksy's teasingly ironic vision, no one is left unscathed. Not even us. Not even Banksy himself.

James Gill Twitter @jg8608 More reviews at http://web.me.com/gilljames/Single_Admission

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why did other artists, turn against Thierry? malefic99
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The character 'Mister Brainwash' is a work by Banksy parcifalneyt
Thierry is a Great Business Man (Banksy doesn't exist) harlemblues
If Thierry erased the Disneyland footage... oMalley79
This film makes me think Banksy is pretty arrogant michaelcrockford
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