In 2008, L.A.-based clothing entrepreneur Thierry Guetta set out to film the secret lives of guerilla street artists. When the enigmatic British graffiti legend Banksy found out about it, he had other ideas.

Narrated by Rhys Ifans ('Greenberg'), 'Exit Through the Gift Shop' is a post-modern look at the world of underground street art, told by one of its most controversial figures, Banksy, as only he could. Upon hearing of Guetta's quest to capture the works-in-progress, Banksy turns the camera back on Guetta in a revolutionary move that accidentally gives birth to a new voice on the street art scene and begins a debate about the true nature of success. In 2008, L.A.-based clothing entrepreneur Thierry Guetta set out to film the secret lives of guerilla street artists. When the enigmatic British graffiti legend Banksy found out about it, he had other ideas.

Narrated by Rhys Ifans ('Greenberg'), 'Exit Through the Gift Shop' is a post-modern look at the world of underground street art, told by one of its most controversial figures, Banksy, as only he could. Upon hearing of Guetta's quest to capture the works-in-progress, Banksy turns the camera back on Guetta in a revolutionary move that accidentally gives birth to a new voice on the street art scene and begins a debate about the true nature of success.

Critics raved over 'Exit' when it premiered at Sundance in January, which Bansky calls "the story of how one man set out to film the un-filmable. And failed." Variety touted the film "the most astonishing insider footage ever captured of street artists at work," and Salon called it a "inventive and genial" take on the documentary form.

In the exclusive trailer for 'Exit', see what all the fuss is about.


While we don't get any plot particulars, from the very first moment we see the "Paranoid Films" logo, it's clear that the film is aiming to flip our expectations. After some bogus award graphics (our favorite: "Best Picture...of leaves on a trailer"), we're treated to some, quick, intriguing, and hilarious shots of street artists doing what they do best: breaking laws and tagging walls (and trucks, and rooftops, and subways).

'Exit Through the Gift Shop' hits theaters April 16th.