Screengrab via Charlie Lyne/Kickstarter

Help crowdfund a movie of nonstop paint drying to annoy the British film board

Here's why you should.


David Britton

Internet Culture

Posted on Nov 19, 2015   Updated on May 27, 2021, 3:10 pm CDT

No, Charlie Lyne doesn’t want you to help fund a movie about paint drying. He wants you to help fund a movie of paint drying.  

If that sounds incredibly boring to you, then you’re not alone—but don’t worry, you aren’t the film’s intended audience.  

Lyne is upset with the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC), which charges what he feels is an unfair fee to review films. Without BBFC approval, films cannot be released to the British public.

The fee for submitting a film is £101.50 ($155), but on top of that you have to pay £7.09 ($11) for each minute of footage.  Thus, for a 90-minute film, you would have to pay the BBFC £739.60 ($1,125).

By way of comparison, the American rating system is controlled by the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA). While its submission process usually more expensive, it’s also voluntary. Theaters are free to show unrated films (although they very rarely do, so it could be argued that American filmmakers face the same level of censorship).

In order to approve a film, the BBFC has to watch it—all of it. And the ratings board has to watch any film whose creator pays the fee. Lyne’s plan is to send it the longest possible film of paint drying. He ambitiously shot 14 hours of footage of paint drying on the wall. How much of it the BBFC has to watch depends on how many people donate to Lyne’s Kickstarter campaign.

Lyne has already raised enough money to force the censors to sit through more than 6 hours of footage.

In fact, a man named Jon Ginn even built a website that tracks how many hours of film have been funded, which is a great help to those of us who are bad at math.

It’s unknown whether or not the ratings-board members are allowed to take bathroom breaks, but just in case, we wouldn’t recommend going with the large soda. Besides, who can afford those inflated prices?

H/T | Screengrab via Charlie Lyne/Kickstarter

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*First Published: Nov 19, 2015, 6:50 pm CST