Banksy wins Grierson award

Congratulations to Banksy and all the crew at Paranoid Pictures / Keo Films for winning a prestigious Grierson Award for Exit Through the Gift Shop in the Most Entertaining Documentary category.

Jury chairman Emma Hindley said “The winner was a unanimous decision, It’s a flawlessly made film; original and insightful, it asks questions rather than telling you what to think and at the same time, manages to be very, very funny.”

BELOW: Banksy speaking from his studio.

Banksy sent a video acceptance speech to the awards that were held at the NFT in London last night. Speaking from his studio with his face masked and voice disguised as in the film he joked “This is a very proud moment for me. I’ve always dreamt of winning a Grierson Award ever since I first heard about them two weeks ago. I do like to think that in this world of graffiti art – which is essentially mindless, messy and stupid – we finally gave it the kind of documentary it deserves. I’ve always been considered a bit of an anomaly in the graffiti community – probably because I use words like anomaly. So I’d like to dedicate this award to all the real graffiti writers out there, the ones risking life and limb every night who never get any kind of recognition. Well, other than having their name written in huge letters on every available surface all over town.”

He also showed the audience his award which he’d customised with spray paint and crayons to  resemble a demonic looking voodoo doll.

BELOW: Banksy’s customised Grierson Award.


Current TV will broadcast the awards on November 6th at 9pm.

Source: The Independent, Press Association.

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