EXIT THROUGH THE GIFT SHOP, the debut documentary from acclaimed British artist Bansky, has been nominated for two Grierson prizes, the British Documentary Awards that are handed out in London on the eve of the Sheffield Doc/Fest. EXIT was nominated for Best Cinema Documentary and Most Entertaining Documentary and is the only film to be nommed in multiple categories.
It may be no surprise that EXIT scored well at the Griersons and may mean little for that film's Oscar hopes. As we saw last year when the Grierson awarded the entertaining (and Oscar snubbed) AFGHAN STAR and THE YES MEN FIX THE WORLD, high profile British films can score on the South Bank without seeing a payoff with the Academy.
Also competing for the Best Cinema Documentary prize (which last year went to eventual Oscar nominee BURMA VJ) are Rupert Murray's THE END OF THE LINE, Rob Lemkin and Thet Sambath's ENEMIES OF THE PEOPLE and Lucy Bailey and Andrew Thompson's MUGABE AND THE WHITE AFRICAN. MUGABE was shortlisted for last year's Oscar and ENEMIES is among a handful of films pegged as a favorite for this year's shortlist.
Other notable titles on the list (via their high profile on the festival circuit over the past year) are Mads Brugger's THE RED CHAPEL (shown on British TV under the title KIM JONG IL'S COMEDY CLUB), Beadie Finzi's ONLY WHEN I DANCE, Bill Guttentag and Dan Sturman's SOUNDTRACK FOR A REVOLUTION, Andrew Lang's SONS OF CUBA, Paul Thomas and Matt Harlock's AMERICAN: THE BILL HICKS STORY and last year's opening night film at Sheffield, Mat Whitecross' MOVING TO MARS.
A full list of this year's nominees are after the jump.