Film About Yorkshire Art Dealer’s Feud With Banksy To Hit Theatres
A new film is set to hit theatres across the UK, starting with a premiere at Leicester Square’s Prince Charles Cinema, on the 12th of June, Monday. The movie, entitled ‘The Banksy Job’, details the story of the feud between the eponymous anonymous street artist and political activist, Bansky, and Andy Link, also known as AK47.
The film was co-directed by Andy Link himself, alongside filmmaker Dylan Harvey, who billed it as a strange mash-up between a documentary, and a comedic caper film. Dylan Harvey himself has stated that the movie’s plot is so incredible, so audacious, that there was no way that it could have been imagined.
The feud started due to a disagreement between the two regarding one of Banksy’s prints, which started a rift between Banksy and Andy Link, which then led to Link and his self-styled ‘art activists’, Art Kieda, stealing one of Banksy’s works, the statue located in a Central London square known as ‘The Drinker’, nearly 13 years ago, on 2004.
The film details the series of events that led to the feud, which began when Link bought one of the many available Banksy prints and asked Banksy to autograph the piece, which was passed along by a mutual friend of both individuals. Banksy rebuffed, and in anger, Link masterminded the caper that led to the theft of one of Banksy’s more notable works, not one of the many Banksy prints, but ‘The Drinker’, located on Shaftesbury Avenue.
Mysteriously, when Andy Link placed a statue on the exact same plinth ‘The Drinker’ occupied 10 years after the caper that led to its disappearance, that statue also suffered the same fate.
Andy Link, now 56, expressed his joy at finally celebrating the premiere of his film, which he describes as a massive labor of love that took no less than three years to accomplish. He hopes that people will find the movie entertaining.
Link has added that he also offered Banksy an olive branch, by inviting the latter to the premiere of the film, but the anonymous street artist, whose identity still remains a mystery to this day, refused.