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Banksy Fails To Scoop Best Documentary Film Oscar

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The Bristol based graffiti artist Banksy, AKA Robin Gunningham has failed in his bid to take home the Oscar for his art-doc, “Exit Through The Gift Shop”. The winner of the ultimate accolade was "Inside Job" a searing assault on the banking industry and its role in the financial meltdown of 2008. The film's Director Charles Ferguson, became a film-maker after making millions of dollars developing internet software. He lost out at the Oscars in 2007 with his film about the Iraq war, "No End in Sight" which was nominated but failed to take home the prize. This time he had a result which will bring his film and the subject of the corrupt banking industry to a wider audience.The Banksy film on the other hand,was critically acclaimed on both sides of the Atlantic. Narrated by Welsh Actor, Rhys Ifans, it is really more about the French/American Graffiti Artist/Fan Thierry Guetta. It is an engaging and extremely watchable film. Earlier this year the film received the Grierson documentary award. The film, premiered at the Sundance film festival last year and was described by the artist as "the story of how one man set out to film the unfilmable – and failed". It tells the story of a Los Angeles T-shirt printer and Gorilla film maker called, Thierry Guetta who becomes obsessed with street art and attempts to make a film about it, only to have Banksy, on seeing the catastrophic results, turn the camera on Guetta. Guetta also known as Mr Brainwash is a real-life character that began his career as a filmmaker, documenting the emerging graffiti art scene in LA. The film has exceeded all expectations at the box office and has grossed around $6 million worldwide. DVD and Blu-ray releases have also been popular and they are expected to double, now that the film has been nominated for the top prize.


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