Paint Drying Movie – Protest Against Censor Board: A film that consists only the scenes of paint being dried has been awarded a ‘U certificate’ by the British Board of Film Classification. The movie lasted for more than 10 hours and finally got a certificate of “suitable for all” by the BBFC.
Charlie Lyne is the person behind the film and he is a filmmaker by profession based in the United Kingdom. He titled his film as ‘Paint Drying’ and it came as an act of protest against the censor board and the classification of certifications provided to the films.
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Charlie Lyne was working for this venture since the month of November last year and has spent 5,935 Euros to make it. His intent was to make an extremely boring movie as a protest. He himself has agreed that the film is nothing but an interrupted footage of a wall. He has also admitted that he himself has not watched the full movie till yet.
Paint Drying Movie
“My central issue with British Board of Film Classification is that it has a government mandate. I am not against any rating board and it is a good that people should be informed that what they are watching, but it’s the fact that if they refuse to rate a film, that film is effectively banned”, Lyne told to a national daily.
Lyne has began a campaign which was “Make the censors watch paint drying” was to cover the costs of the certifications which is around 1000 Euros for each movie and is a big amount for many filmmakers.
Charlie collected 5,937 euros within a month’s time for his movie Paint Drying and then showed it to the censor board.
The venture Paint Drying was inspected in 2 days by the BBFC officials as they were allowed to watch 9 hours at a time. So they watched first 9 hours on day one and remaining 67 minutes on day two and finally came off with the verdict of U certificate for the film.
BBFC was founded back in 1912 by the film industry so that classification of movies can be done independently to the government.
On asked about the reaction of the censor board officials on the Paint Drying, they said that the step was “pointless” and it will not change anything. But Lyne suggested that he want the discussions to begin, not a major change.
— Charlie Lyne (@charlielyne) January 25, 2016
Lyne is currently planning to one-off screening of his movie Paint Drying so that people may watch it if they wish to.
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