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‘Banksy Job’ Star Denied U.S. Visa for Tribeca Premiere

‘Banksy Job’ Star Denied U.S. Visa for Tribeca Premiere

London-based “art terrorist” AK47 (real name: Andy Link) will not be able to attend the Tribeca Film Festival premiere of “The Banksy Job,” a documentary about Link’s theft of a sculpture by London street artist Banksy.

The U.S. Embassy in London recently denied Link’s application for a visa to attend the premiere, an outcome that doesn’t seem to have surprised many involved with the film, including Link. 

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“I have got a dodgy past,” he told the Los Angeles Times this week, adding that his criminal record includes a number of “interesting” charges. A former porn star who despises Banksy, Link successfully made off with the street artist’s sculpture “The Drinker” in 2004, only to exploit a legal loophole in the U.K. that left him with ownership rights of the piece.

Directed by first-time filmmakers Ian Roderick Gray and Dylan Harvey, “The Banksy Job” is a “heist thriller” that follows Link through the underground of the London art scene. Narrated by Link, the film offers an experience “almost as wild, unbelievable, and insane as its protagonist.” “The Banksy Job” premiere’s Sunday, April 17th at 9:30 p.m. at the Bow Tie Cinemas Chelsea.  

Watch the trailer for Tribeca entry “Elvis and Nixon” below.

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