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Exit Through the Gift Shop

Wednesday, 27 January 2010

Banksy's long-awaited film, 'Exit Through The Gift Shop', will have its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival later this month.

It will be the first time the elusive artist, who has never revealed his identity, has spoken on camera. The plot is apparently the loose story of an eccentric French shop keeper turned documentary maker who attempts to locate and befriend Banksy, only to have the artist turn the camera back on him.

John Cooper, director of the Sundance Festival, said the story was so bizarre that he questioned whether it could be real.

"Exit Through The Gift Shop is one of those films that comes along once in a great while, a warped hybrid of reality and self-induced fiction while at the same time a totally entertaining experience," he added.

Banksy is a seminal figure in modern art, and over the years his appropriation of stickers, stencils, posters, billboards, walls and sculpture have helped shape 'street art' into the most significant counterculture movement of a generation. As well as Bansky doing his thing, the film apparently contains exclusive footage many of the world's most infamous graffiti artists at work.

The big question is whether or not Banksy's identity will be revealed. It seems unlikely, given how powerful his anonymous brand has become, but either way the movie will hopefully follow in the footsteps of Gary Hustwit's 'Helvetica' and become required viewing for everyone working in or studying visual communication.

'Exit Through the Gift Shop' is in UK cinemas on 5 March.

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