“Exit through a Gift Shop” – Bansky Documentary

You most likely have seen Bansky’s work without knowing it, as he is most well known for his graffiti work appearing on popular streets, walls, bridges worldwide. Even Geneva has Bansky’s art imprinted on it’s walls

Observe the walls next time your out and about, you may even recognize other popular artists from the same scene such as Invader, popular for his invader tiled graphics tagged in public areas

So what does Banksy have to do with a documentary you might question? Well in fact this picture was motivated from an initial video disaproved by the original filmmaker.

Bansky thought it was a pity to not do anything with all the material filmed on his art and decided to give the medium a shot. Having done so, eventually led him to direct the project which will have been the result of a premiere at the “Sundance Festival” in 2010 and the win of an Acadamy Award for “Best Documentary in 2011.

The success of his film wasn’t planned and yet managed to get his work critically acclaimed and viewed by numerous spectators.

When I first started watching “Exit through a Gift Shop”, my expectations were really low as it was technically awful. The camera shakes a lot, the quality of the image is not great, you can tell shots aren’t really thought out, a lot of it is just filming action but without aesthetics. This however didn’t stop me from watching the movie til the end. In fact all the mentioned factors from above didn’t matter in the moment.

It is only now that I have a more critical view upon it that i can draw out it’s weaknesses. This story, initially supposed to paint out the history of graffiti art and Basnky ended up being about the improbable rise of an unknown filmmaker turned artist and ranking alongside top street artists. I found the storyline original and one of a kind. I definitley give Bansky credit for going through 10’000 hours of footage (if you watch the movie you’ll know why) and managed to come out with something entertaining and watchable.

Thumbs up to Bansky.

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