On Saturday 15th April 2017, Arnolfini in Bristol put on a special screening of 'Saving Banksy' alongside a live panel talk moderated by Hector Campbell, featuring director Colin Day, internationally renowned street artists and co-stars of the film, Ben Eine and Blek Le rat, Godfather of Bristol graffiti, John Nation and Lonely Planet Street Art author Ed Bartlett.
The documentary - recipient of a New York Times Critics' Pick - cleverly explores some of the more intriguing aspects of the street art scene and broader art world to a backdrop of the work of anonymous Bristol-born artist, BANKSY.
This screening was part of ARNOLFINI X THE FUTURE TENSE - a weekend-long series of events programmed by Bristol-based independent art platform The Future Tense, taking place in and around Arnolfini to coincide with the launch of Lonely Planet's latest gift book, Street Art.
Firstly what I can say about the film is how it cleverly and deeply explores the question 'What would you do if you owned a million dollar painting that the artist doesn't want sold?' A question that might be easy for some to answer, but also harder for art enthusiasts bounded by the unspoken laws/ rules of the art world.
After the screening the panel answered a variety of questions on the topic, building upon what was spoken about in the film, but it was Ben's and Blek's brutal honesty which I enjoyed the most, clearly explaining their real views as to why they do what they do.
This screening also co-inside with the launch of Lonely Planet's latest book, Street Art. I was fortunate to pick up a copy and have signed by the artists themselves, this book gives the reader the opportunity to discover large murals painted across the world by a variety of leading graffiti artists. This is a very well produced book, which a lot of care and attention to detail placed in it, a must for any art explorer out there.