Perhaps one of the most clandestine street artist with the most heavily guarded identity, Banksy, has captured the imagination of the world not only with his persona but also his art. Banksy’s work often combines writing and his signature stenciled styles, and lends voices to those who don’t speak, albeit the voices are fashioned through Banksy’s perspective. Penguins, elephants and the homeless have all been subjects of Banksy’s satirical style. Just opened in the U.K. in March, Banksy made his first directorial debut with “Exit Through The Gift Shop”. The movie premiered in Los Angeles on Monday and the red carpet was star studded, providing quite a contrast to Banksy’s surreptitious persona. Ashlee Simpson-Wentz and Pete Wentz, Adrien Brody, Lily Cole, Tony Hawk, Shepard Fairey (who is also featured in the film), Jeremy Scott and Tarina Tarantino and Juliette Lewis make up for the eclectic crowd at the premiere.
The movie has been described as the the world’s first Street Art disaster movie, and is about a failed relationship between Banksy and Thierry Guetta. Guetta first befriended and approached Banksy in hope of capturing the artist on film, but as time went on, Banksy realized that Guetta isn’t really a filmmaker and Guetta had turned his back on Banksy. Banksy then turned the cameras back on its owner and told the story about how the greatest street art film was never made. Aside from appearances by Banksy, which the artist had commented will be the most the public will ever see of him, Shepard Fairey and Space Invader also appear in the film. Check out the red carpet recap, trailer, and catch the film at select theaters near you as they open in the next few weeks across the U.S.