Banksy Does New York

Banksy Does New York

NZIFF - Banksy Does New York

  • Fri 4 Sep 2015
  • 6:30—8PM
  • Len Lye Centre Cinema
  • General $15.50
  • Concession: Seniors, students, New Plymouth Film Society and community services card holders $12.50 (valid ID required)
  • Child (under 14) $10
  • Bookings essential
  • Wheelchair spaces available. Free entry for a companion to assist an audience member who has a disability. Companion seat is automatically allocated when a wheelchair space is booked

Documenting the frenzy of adulation and controversy that erupted during street artist Banksy’s month-long ‘residency’ in New York, Chris Moukarbel energetically examines issues of art and ownership within the public space.

“Banksy and Moukarbel raise the question of who these spontaneous acts of creativity belong to, and whether they’re ever really ‘complete’… a lively and engaging film.” — Noel Murray, AV Club

With his biodoc-hijack Exit Through the Gift Shop (2010), anonymous street-art- provocateur Banksy turned the lens away from himself and onto the absurd intersections of art, commerce and hype, demystifying his own status in the process. While created without the involvement of the enigmatic artist, this recent documentation of Banksy’s month-long ‘residency’ in New York City marks itself as a compelling companion piece. Observing first hand a multitude of reactions to Banksy’s ‘exhibition’, in which a wild array of new pieces was unveiled daily at random spots throughout the city, director Chris Moukarbel captures the varying ways people respond to and interact with art, and how these processes can distort, shift and recontextualise meaning. Cataloguing an eclectic milieu of obsessive fans, condescending art critics, opportunistic hustlers and affluent collectors, this snapshot of a polarised public might just be among Banksy’s most fascinating works. — JF


USA 2014

Director: Chris Moukarbel

Producers: Chris Moukarbel, Jack Turner

Photography: Mai Iskander, Karim Raoul

Editor: Jen Harrington


87 mins

Event Info

New Zealand International Film Festival