NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Thursday, January 28, 2016, 6:37 PM
British film censors watched more than 10 hours of this over two days on Monday and Tuesday.
Now able to come to a theater in the United Kingdom… a 10 hour movie of paint drying.
To protest the British Board of Film Classification — the UK’s version of the Motion Picture Association of America — filmmaker Charlie Lyne put together a silver screen masterpiece: 607 minutes of “Brilliant White” paint drying on a brick wall.
Lyne said on the project’s Kickstarter he was frustrated with the BBFC’s fees for required certificates, which cost about $ 1,435 for an average film, just so the movie can be shown in theaters.
UK filmmaker Charlie Lyne created the Kickstarter as a protest of the BBFC’s certification policy.
“Luckily, there’s a flipside to all of this: while filmmakers are required to pay the BBFC to certify their work, the BBFC are also required to sit through whatever we pay them to watch,” Lyne said.
688 people agreed with his mission to waste the movie censors’ time, raising about $ 8,522 on Kickstarter. With each $ 10 donation, the clip of paint drying extended from 16 minutes to 10 hours, 7 minutes and 2 seconds long.
Lyne made good on his crowdfunded promise, delivering the film to BBFC’s office on Jan. 20. The entire movie was about 310 gigabytes in file size.
Two BBFC examiners got down to business and reviewed “Paint Drying” on Monday, but because of the organization’s rules, they were only allowed to watch nine hours in one sitting. They finished the final 67 minutes on Tuesday, and then gave the film its official rating: “U,” with no material likely to offend or harm, according to the group’s website.
They gave the film a summary as boring as watching it for 10 hours must have been. “PAINT DRYING is a film showing paint drying on a wall.”
The censors appear to have sat through all 10+ hours of the flick and gave it a U rating.
In a Reddit AmA on Monday, Lyne did not answer if he had secretly added in any frames of graphic content to ensure the watcher was paying attention. He also revealed he had never seen all 10 hours of his own masterpiece.
“To my great shame, I have not watched the film in its entirety,” he said.
The film censors who watched the boring film gave a pretty bland description for the film too.
Now that “Paint Drying” is certified, Lyne is in talks with a London cinema to screen the long film.
Surprisingly, “Paint Drying” is not the longest film the BBFC has reviewed — that record is held by Jacques Rivette’s “Out 1”, at 775 minutes.