Title – Banksy Does New York (2014)
Director – Chris Moukarbel (Me at the Zoo)
Cast – The art loving (and hating) citizens of New York City.
Plot – A documentary focussing on famed artist Banksy’s unconventional residency in New York City that saw him release 31 pieces over 31 Days in October 2013, subsequently creating a bulging media and resident throng of scavenger hunters.
“There’s a well-known graffiti artist who’s making his mark in New York City……ON New York City”
Review by Eddie on 7/12/2015
While it’s not in the same graffiti clad ballpark of the fantastic Banksy starring and directed doco Exit Through the Gift Shop, the HBO produced Banksy Does New York is a fun, to the point and most importantly insightful look at the time the illusive artist took over New York for one whole month and for fans of the street artist, this will be a must own as the quintessential documentation of the artistic event.
Banksy Does New York does a great job at showcasing just how big of a deal this event was in 2013 and it does this by utilising not only talking heads who were apart of the “scavenger hunt” at the time but also footage shot by those on the ground level, news broadcasts and of course great use of audio snippets taken directly from Banksy’s official web presence’s that allow slight insights into what the works he produced meant, from the menial through to the political and even for those that think Banksy is nothing more than a glorified street artist, there’s little point denying that his work is constantly engaging and often bitingly satirical.
While there was work done within the month of Banksy’s New York residency that isn’t overly memorable, there were certainly some stand out works that Banksy Does New York shows off and interestingly follows up in ways that shine a whole new light on the works of the mysterious figure.
Fetching hundreds of thousands of dollars, if not millions at auctions around the world, the works of Banksy have become highly sought after pieces and it’s hilarious and also shocking to watch as people either clamber to deface his street works or take them for their own gains. It’s an eyebrow raising trend of modern day humans that will see them quickly turn feral for the thought of $$$ and it therefore makes Banksy’s pieces more than meets the eye.
Banksy Does New York never tries to preach or convert anyone to anything (a nice change from most modern day doco’s) and merely exists to show an unbiased documentation of a time in New York City where the greatest ever art focussed scavenger hunt took place, a ride we can feel a part of thanks to this film.
3 quick thinking mechanics out of 5