Words by Tania Jezukaitis
If you are hoping for a replica of Exit through the gift shop – the popular 2010 film about the artist
Banksy then you may be disappointed. This documentary by Ian Roderick Gray and Dylan Harvey
tells the story of self styled art terrorist Andy Link [aka AK47]. With his “Art Keida” army of followers
dressed in white hazmat suits replete with gas masks and machine guns he steals Banksy’s sculpture
“The Drinker”- a version of Rodin’s “The Thinker” for a ransom.
This film relies heavily on the charisma of AK47 to provide entertainment and laughs. However his
Yorkshire accent; history of football hooliganism and porn promoter doesn’t make him interesting in
the least. It tries being clever and scenes are shot with jaggedly camera motion to heighten his
amateur buffoon demeanor but it just leaves you feeling a bit ill and not just from motion sickness!
Its slow to start and while there may be some interesting elements as it explores the
commercialization of art and street art in particular it just falls short.
Hardcore Banksy devotees and hipsters in general may enjoy this film