As Protest, Film Made Censors Watch Paint Dry for 607 Minutes
British filmmaker crowdfunded a BBFC certificate to draw attention to their expensive fees
British filmmaker Charlie Lyne came up with a clever way to protest against the cost of film certificates and spark a debate about censorship in the U.K.: he filmed paint drying.
The British Board of Film Classification censors films and they can’t be released in British cinemas without a BBFC certificate. These have a submission and a per-minute fee, costing around £1,000 for a feature film of average length, which for many independent filmmakers is too expensive.
Since the BBFC censors are required to sit through whatever filmmakers pay them to watch, Lyne decided to raise funds on Kickstarter to make a film called Paint Drying. This was simply a single unbroken shot of white paint drying on a brick wall. The money raised by this crowdfunding campaign was put toward the cost of the certificate, with the length of the film being determined by how much was pledged. After reaching a total of almost £6,000, the final length clocked in at a whopping 607 minutes.