“Banksy Most Wanted” delves into the search for graffiti artist Banksy known only by a few and an expert at identity avoidance through use of false news stories and the loyalty of the few who do know him. There is the possibility as well that Banksy may be a grouping of individuals. As Banksy says, “If you want to say something and have people listen then you have to wear a mask. “
Anonymity has only created a Clyde Barrowish manhunt by investigative journalists that has resulted in a couple of possible exposures. One plausible one was Robert Del Nanja of the group Massive Attack. Several Banksy tags can be timed to coincide with Del Nanja’s professional appearances in cities contemporaneously where Banksy tags appear. De Nanja denies he is Banksy.
Through examination of corporate regulatory filings Robin Gunnigham was next identified as Banksy and a forensic identification gives some support that that conclusion which Gunningham denies!
Then in Bristol, England, the local in which Banksy tags were first spotted, a boy’s club director arrives to work to find a Banksy on the exterior walls of the club which is auctioned for 403,000£ to support several struggling boy’s clubs in Bristol. The Director of the boy’s club whose walls were tagged by Banksy claims Banksy was once a member of the club and he will not reveal his name.
A fascinating exploration of Banksy and his rise to fame. Is it all a marketing scheme to augment his commercial value? As one person in the documentary says if Jack the Ripper had been identified would he still have the notoriety he has today?
Directed by Aurélia Rouvier and Seamus Haley. It has just been released on Digital/Video on Demand.
You can see the trailer here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=so_N5TrJ9c4
RKS Film Rating 86/100.