As Protest, Film Made Censors Watch Paint Dry for 607 Minutes

As Protest, Film Made Censors Watch Paint Dry for 607 Minutes

British filmmaker crowdfunded a BBFC certificate to draw attention to their expensive fees

Emma Hutchings
  • 5 february 2016

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.

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