Wednesday 23 May 2018

Film board forced to watch ten hours of paint drying after man raises almost £6,000 on Kickstarter

Clare Cullen

Clare Cullen

Charlie Lyne is a British filmmaker who began a kickstarter to fund a ten-hour film about paint drying.

Lyne raised over £5,900 for his project via crowdfunding website 'Kickstarter', which enabled him to send ten hours and seven minutes of footage to the British Board of Film Classification for review.

Mashable report that the Board charge £8.51 per minute of footage, which would mean the prank cost Lyne £5,165. He tweeted "£5,936 well spent" after he received his cinema certificate.

Speaking to Mashable, Lyne said he was "amazed... not just by the amount raised but by the sheer number of people who got involved from around the world".

According to Lyne, donations came in from around the world and not just the UK. "Censorship seems to be a fairly universal concept, sadly".

Two BBFC examiners watched the entire 'film' over two days due to legal limits on length of working shift.

Lyne held an AMA about the film, in which he says the project was "a protest against censorship and mandatory classification".

In response to a question, he admits that he himself has not watched the ten hour-long film in it's entirety.

He also revealed he is  "talking to a cinema in London about showing it".

Reddit users questioned whether or not the examiners needed to actually watching the film to classify it to which he responded "the BBFC has reserved 607 minutes in its screening schedule to show the entire film, so I trust that they're not going to defraud me and go to the pub instead".

While many users have applauded Lyne - some for his action, some for his 'trolling' - others are "struggling to see the point of this 'protest'".

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