Posted: April 15, 2010 -
Although initially I was as interested as the next person to see Banksy's 'directorial debut' : Exit through the Gift Shop, narrated by Rhys Ifans and originally the brain child of Thierry Guetta. It seems there's no chance of the documentary revealing the ID of Banksy after all.
Guetta, an avid self taught video obsessive dreamed up the idea of infiltrating the inner sanctum of the super stealthy Street Art community. It seems the tables were turned on the French director by a still incognito Banksy, who stepped in with his creative hand to salvage what he deemed as the mess that Guetta had weaved himself into with the documentary.
These days it matters not where you stand on the 'Street Art is/isn't vandalism' argument, it's complicated for sure. Sadly this dip into the creative and very athletic skills of this tight knit community reveals no more about the identity of the main player but does reveal some great Art.
Doubtless my teen son and his skatepark buddies are sure to still treat the guy with awe and reverence for years to come.
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