After a few months of rest, secretive and reclusive artist Banksy is back. Banksy was the invisible toast of the town in late Spring 2010, with his documentary, Exit Through the Gift Shop scoring with arthouse audiences and critics nationwide. As this year begins to wind itself down, Exit Through the Gift Shop has emerged back into the spotlight, just in time for awards season. Over at Movie City News, Exit producer Jaimie D’Cruz has started a journal that details the timeline for the film’s development. From this weekend’s installment:
Banksy has brought in actor Rhys Ifans for the film’s narration. Rhys’s off-key fruity wryness fits the tone of the story well. We are still cutting the title sequence. We’ve managed to get a good selection of bare-faced vandalism from our trawl of footage online and elsewhere, but it’s been a bit of a struggle. It’s incredible how little footage exists, and it shows just how invaluable Thierry’s “rooftop years” really were in documenting the key events of a movement which may never have been caught on tape otherwise.
We really really need to decide the name. Exit Through the Gift Shop it is. Screening for potential distributors in the UK. Loads of them come. The film seems to be well received, but everyone appears to think it’s a hoax. Not quite sure what to make of this.
This weekend was marked by another Banksy moment, with his much-guarded involvement with the latest episode of The Simpsons. Banksy conceived of, and directed, the opening moments of this weekend’s episode. The folks at Wooster Collective have it online for you. UPDATE: It was removed from YouTube, but now lives legally on Hulu:
And, what about the DVD release of Exit Through the Gift Shop? Stay tuned, because that will be answered very soon.