In one of my earlier posts, i talked about a UK street artist who goes by the name of Banksy, and i once again have noticed his name in the news. This time, the latest outburst of Banksy fever is over the artists debut movie, 'Exit Through the Gift Shop' which had its world premier at the Sundance film festival this weekend. In the week preceding the festival, Park City Utah experienced a somewhat unusual 'guerilla marketing' campaign, with 'Banksy art' appearing on walls around the town which would host the 2010 festival.
Although Banksy didn't attend the premier personally, (to be fair, he may well have done as noon knows his true identity) his new movie was greeted with cheers and applause, undoubtedly one of the highlights of the festival.
The film follows the UK artist in a humorous, documentory style format, as a french filmmaker attempts to record the secret world of street art, featuring a voice modified narratives from the artist himself. While his identity is not revealed during the movie, it is promised that the audience will gain much more of an insight into the artists world than ever before.
Although there are no promises as of yet, all the major film buyers were at the premier, and i would not be surprised (fingers crossed) if the film made its way onto a screen near you sometime soon.
I for one would definitely like to see this, and will be looking out for its release in the UK....check out the trailer below.