quote:Originally posted by GlennK:Which part is fiction? Banksy as a character or Mr. BW? Or just the whole thing? No real art show?quote:Originally posted by jorgerunfrombulls:
It's considered a brilliant hoax by Banksy with some interesting underlying social commentary regarding street art suddenly becoming so mainstream, but the actual story told in the documentary is considered fiction.
Pretty much what the Old Man said.
The whole idea that MBW was this crazy guy who just followed them around and "was willing to document" Banksy when "no one else would". Then it turns out MBW is crazy, knows nothing about film, so Banksy takes all the footage and makes the documentary himself while hyping up MBW as someone who betrayed him.
Everyone and their mother wanted to do a documentary on Banksy, and they all would have gladly played by his rules of anonymity (just take the Robbo vs Banksy doc I linked to above as an example).
MBW is widely considered a creation of Banksy, one that Banksy uses as an alternate vessel to sell art. The actual art is done by Banksy and his team.
The documentary was also his way of poking fun at the art world.
Of course, this is all theory. But if you do some research it becomes pretty obvious. I watched Exit again after reading a few more articles and stories about the hoax, and with that knowledge in mind, it seemed pretty clear that it was a hoax, and it's certainly the general consensus amongst the street art community.