Dir: Ian Roderick Gray/Dylan Harvey
Official Selection: Tribeca Film Festival
Anonymous street artist Banksy has become a legend for his stencil graffiti that offers incisive, sharp political critique, garnering critical interest and making the artist a household name.
When, in 2004, Banksy leaves his sculpture The Drinker (a take on Rodin’s Thinker) in Central London, former rave promoter, artist and mischief maker AK47 decides to take the massive sculpture home, and proceeds to engage a truck and a crew of friends to undertake a broad-daylight art-heist in Central London. The Banksy Job follows the larger-than-life AK47 and documents (over the following years) the caper that ensues, combining an exploration of the contemporary art word, a study of London underground culture, and (perhaps) a battle of wits.
The Banksy Job made Hollywood Reporter's Critic’s Picks: 10 Best Tribeca Films at the Midpoint, and it’s easy to see why, directors Gray and Harvey’s film shifts between interviews and re-creations, and occasionally it appears to dance between re-creation and surreal drama (at one-point AK47 appears surrounded by minions in his lair) further conflating biography and mythology.
“Regardless of its veracity, The Banksy Job provides some great British humor, a compelling main character, and some well-deserved cultural mockery. The fact that the audience is even tempted to believe it all speaks to the extent of the farce in today’s art world.” - Hyperallergic