by Sarah Berry
Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature in 2011, the humorous British documentary “Exit Through the Gift Shop” does not disappoint.
Centered around graffiti artist Banksy, the documentary soon shifts focus to the film’s incompetent and clumsy filmmaker, Thierry Guetta. Obsessed with street art and their artists, Guetta begins an unexpectedly successful career mimicking the work of other street artists, including Banksy.
While thought to be a farce or mokumentary by reviewers, both Banksy and artist Shepard Fairey (who was also involved in the film’s production) maintain that the documentary is, in fact, real.
“Exit Through the Gift Shop” is available now on Swank Digital Campus. If you are accessing Swank Digital Campus off-campus, view our blog post, Accessing Library Resources Off-Campus, for more information.