Thierry Guetta is a French immigrant living in Los Angeles, making a comfortable living with his vintage clothing shop. He also has a strange obsession of carrying a camera anywhere he goes, constantly filming his surroundings.
A chance encounter with his cousin, the street artist ‘Invader’, leads, to his introduction to a host of street artists and ultimately focuses on Banksy, (whose anonymity is preserved by obscuring his face and altering his voice). The film premiered at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival and was nominated for a plethora of awards including ‘Best Documentary’ ACADEMY AWARDS® 2011.
Exit Through The Gift Shop has also won ‘Best Documentary’ Independent Spirit Awards 2011, ‘Best Nonfiction Feature’ Cinema Eye Awards 2011, ‘Best Edited Documentary’ American Cinema Editors Awards 2011 and many more.
The film premiers today on Channel 4 at 9pm.