Banksy‘s Exit Through The Gift Shop “is a terrific piece of work, involving and evolving at the same time,” says director-screenwriter Rod Lurie (Straw Dogs). “But is it a documentary? I left it with the distinct impression that much of it was a put on — a sly joke was staged and pre-planned.
“I’m no expert on this, but it struck me that the movie itself is a hoax — Banksy’s ultimate performance art. If that’s the case then would mean it’s scripted, so is it disqualified from the documentary category? Or should it be? Would Banksy laugh his ass off if the film was indeed nominated as a ‘documentary’ when, in my view, it’s almost a narrative film in the spirit of, say, Spinal Tap?”