Forget Casino. Forget Ocean’s Eleven. Forget Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels. The latest heist film that has everyone talking is The Banksy Job, a new flick that follows “art terrorist” AK47 as he plans to steal a piece of Central London artwork by Banksy. The best part? It’s all true.
According to AK47 (real name: Andy Link), he was inspired to take on the world’s most famous street artist because Banksy refused to sign a print for him. His epic form of retaliation was to kidnap Banksy’s ‘The Drinker’ (a replica of Rodin’s ‘The Thinker’ – with a traffic cone on its head) in broad daylight. He then sent a note to a reporter claiming to represent a group of “art terrorists” called ART KIEDA and demanded a ransom for the statue.
If you think that’s weird, wait ’til you hear what happened next. ‘The Drinker’ mysteriously disappeared from AK47’s possession a few months later. Did Banksy steal his snatched statue back?
The Banksy Job, which premiered at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival, is a must-watch for fans of Exit Through The Gift Shop. Check out the trailer above and try not to be charmed by AK47’s arrogant swagger, shameless flamboyancy, and utter madness.