For those of you who love stories of social alteration, creativity, and political satire in addition to independent films focusing on mystery and intrigue- you’re going to want to see “the Banksy Job”
In 2004, a ten-foot statue was erected in London It was titled ‘The Drinker’, this satirical piece was based on Rodin’s ‘The Thinker’, created by the rogue artist ‘Banksy’. Then ‘The Drinker’ vanished. The man who goes by ‘art terrorist AK47’ sent a ransom note to a reporter demanding £5,000 in trade for the safe return of the sculpture.
An ex porn star, acid house rave promoter, and ‘art dealer’ who goes by the name Philip Ignatius Salacious Stein, self titled ‘art terrorist AK47’ had kept the statue it in his back yard until it was stolen. AK47, who describes himself as a rogue member of the art world, who is focused on getting people to look at things in a divergent way.
Now AK47’s story could become one of the most interesting independent films of 2016 under the title of ‘The Banksy Job’. The film makers have been working to raise money for this project on the crowdfunding site Indigogo. The film following the illegal erection of the statue in 2004, the disappearance of the statue, and its destruction goes into further detail by following AK47’s goal to rebuild ‘The Drinker’.
For those of you who aren’t familiar with the artist who’s creation is the subject of this article; Banksy is a pseudonym for an artist from Britain. Banksy is also a film director and political activist. He is known for his satirical street art and renegade epigrams that embody dark humour and intertextual political and social critiques.
There is so much story left to be told surrounding the mystery of the “Banksy Job” and the ant-mainstream ‘art terrorists’ who’s bold and outlandish actions have captured the public eye and imagination.