March 2004. The artist, Banksy illegally erects a ten-foot statue in a small square off Shaftesbury Avenue in central London. Titled 'The Drinker', this sculpture is a replica of Rodin's 'The Thinker' - with a traffic cone placed on its head. Then, one day, in broad daylight, masked thieves pull up with a flatbed truck and cart 'The Drinker' away. A reporter from a major national newspaper then receives a ransom note from a man calling himself AK47, claiming to represent a group of 'art terrorists' calling themselves Art Kaida. After several years back and forth between the media, Banksy and Art Kaida, it is alleged that Banksy 'arranged' for the statue to be destroyed by any means necessary. Now, after all this time, AK47 is about to breathe new life into the saga. 'The Banksy Job' is a unique look into a cultural icon.
Little known interesting documentary / comedy
- The Banksy Job review by CL
I didn't really know what to expect with this film, and was pleasantly surprised. AK47 comes across as a daft small-time criminal / chancer with occasional flashes of brilliance. He's clearly aware of how silly he is and plays up to it well, but he does have a funny and bizarre story to tell. The film takes the mick out of the street art world, itself and the audience. I found the reenacted sections are a little jarring and over the top, but they're meant to be. Recommended if you want to see something different and if you enjoyed Exit Through the Gift Shop and Spinal Tap (not that it's about music, but just for the daftness of it all).