Exit Through The Gift Shop

Banksy, 87 mins, UK, 2010, 35mm. Courtesy: Madman Entertainment.

Exit Through The Gift Shop
Exit Through The Gift Shop
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By way of personal introduction, Banksy penned a letter for the world premiere of his debut feature film at Sundance. It went a little something like this:

"Ladies and gentlemen, and publicists: Trying to make a movie which truly conveys the raw thrill and expressive power of art is very difficult. So we haven't bothered. Instead, this is simply an everyday tale of life, longing, and mindless vandalism. Everything you are about to see is true, especially the bit where we all lie. Thanks for coming, please don't give away the ending on Twitter. And please, don't try copying any of this stuff at home; wait until you get to work."

And so it goes that artist, political commentator and social prankster Banksy makes his foray into cinema by doing exactly what he does best - warping reality into something much more fun!

In this fantastical tale, Banksy becomes the prize catch of Thierry Guetta, a French shopkeep-cum-videographer who becomes obsessed with finding and filming the elusive painter.

Featuring the likes of Shepard Fairey, Space Invader and a slew of street art luminaries, Exit Through The Gift Shop totally delivers - a funny, raucous (and cautionary) tale on art, ambition and the cult of celebrity.

"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" Sundance Film Festival

"****" The Times, The Independent, Time Out, The Daily Telegraph

Official Competition, Berlin Film Festival
Official Selection, Sundance Film Festival

Screening and panel discussion > Sun 6 Jun, 2pm
Many street artists use the existing language of the urban environment, such as billboard advertising and commercial shopfronts, to challenge whether our common spaces are really 'public'. Join panellists from the worlds of street art, advertising and social commentary to discuss who really owns our urban centres.

Book signing > Sun 6 Jun, 5pm
Some of Melbourne's most influential street artists (including Miso and Ghost Patrol) hit the ACMI Store to celebrate the launch of the book Street Studio, the Place of Street Art in Melbourne.
Dates   Thu 3 Jun 2010, 7pm, 9pm
Fri 4 Jun 2010, 5.30pm, 7pm, 9pm
Sat 5 Jun 2010, 7pm, 9pm
Sun 6 Jun 2010, 2pm (includes Q&A), 5.30pm, 7.30pm
Mon 7 Jun 2010, 5.30pm, 7.30pm
Tue 8 Jun 2010, 5.30pm, 7.30pm
Wed 9 Jun 2010, 5.30pm, 7.30pm
Thu 10 Jun 2010, 7pm, 9pm
Fri 11 Jun 2010, 7pm, 9pm
Sat 12 Jun 2010, 7pm, 9pm
Sun 13 Jun 2010, 6pm, 7.30pm
Mon 14 Jun 2010, 5.30pm, 7pm, 7.30pm, 9pm
Tue 15 Jun 2010, 5.30pm, 7.30pm
Wed 16 Jun 2010, 5.30pm, 7.30pm
Thu 17 Jun 2010, 7pm, 9pm
Fri 18 Jun 2010, 7pm, 9pm
Sat 19 Jun 2010, 7pm, 9pm
Mon 21 Jun 2010, 5.30pm, 7.30pm
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