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Epic Prank Forces Film Censors to Watch Paint Dry for 10 Hours

British filmmaker Charlie Lyne found a way to express his displeasure with the U.K.'s film censorship bureaucracy.

paint dryingpsdgraphics.comThe subversive British filmmaker Charlie Lyne was looking for a way to express his displeasure with the U.K.'s film censorship bureaucracy. So he decided to use the website Kickstarter to crowdsource funding for the dullest movie imaginable.

Like the Motion Picture Association of America, the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) rates and classifies movies. But unlike in the U.S., in the U.K. it's actually illegal to screen unrated movies or sell them on DVD. The BBFC can also ban a movie altogether unless the filmmaker cuts the parts the Board finds offensive.

What's more, the BBFC requires filmmakers to pay for this mandatory exercise in classification. There's an initial fee of 101 pounds ($147) with another 7.09 pounds ($10.35) per minute of footage. Movie trailers cost extra, as does a DVD classification—even if the BBFC already classified the movie for theatrical release.

Because the price is based on a film's run time, the more money Lyne raised, the longer his protest film could be. In the end, 686 backers offered up 5,936 pounds ($8,666.56) and the final film, Paint Drying, is 607 minutes long.

Photo Credit: psdgraphics.com

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  • Scarecrow & WoodChipper Repair||

    This was on here before, and the general consensus was Who's pranking whom? I'd gladly watch paint dry for $600/hour.

  • Jimothy||

    Sucker. She could have earned a lot more money watching paint dry.

  • AlmightyJB||

    Especially considering they probably don't even watch the movies. The go to the pub to eat fish and chips, rate the movie based on internet buzz and send a bill.

  • But Enough About Me||

    Hey, a similar method seems to work for Canada's CSA, so why not?

  • Pay up, Palin's Buttplug!||

    No, CARA watches the movies. They get the movies before everyone else and the other groups in MPAA try to hack into their servers to get a copy of the movies to take home.

  • Hank Phillips||

    Is Butcher sure this wasn't just another Warhol movie, like Sleep?

  • ||

    They could have done better and shown 10 hours of guns being fired with someone saying the same word between every gunshot...only to have the word "fuck" thrown in at random intervals to fuck the censor up. And every once in a while have a naked person quickly cross in front of the camera.

  • gah87||

    Or random clips from the Democrat debates. That would warp them permanently.

  • Bob K||

    Know your audience! These are censors, they love Hilary for her love of their work. She is the queen bee of censors since Tipper doesn't have a powerful husband anymore.

  • pan fried wylie||

    yeah, epic prank? more like "enjoy the nap we've provided." sloopy is thinking of ways to really make them work.

  • Thisisalongname||

    Can only have 1 Fuck and no naked people so they never reach the threshold for the highest rating. If they did the censors would just classify it as that and stop watching as it can never go lower. Need it to always be on the brink of going higher but having a legitimate claim to say it deserves the lower rating.

  • Long Woodchippers||

    They say 'Fuck" and have naked folks on the BBC-TV shows that I watch on Hulu

  • IceTrey||

    This is months old.

  • Notorious UGCC||

    They're busy filling out their nonprofit forms so they can not-pay-taxes this year.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    May 2016 issue. So, if anything, it's a month ahead.

  • Jerryskids||

    Anne Butcher is Reason's Spring 2016 Burton C. Gray Memorial Intern.

    Shhhhhh....they're pranking the intern. Next up, they make her write a piece on the libertarian case for deep-dish pizza and make her defend it in the comments. It's a hazing ritual all the noobs go through - I remember back when Matt was brought in they made him write an obituary/think piece on Lou Reed but they made him write it as if he had confused Lou Reed and Lou Rawls. High-larious.

  • SatanicBunniesOfDeath||

    Holy shit, I never knew you had to get government approval to show a movie in the UK. It's honestly fucking terrifying that that happens in the Western world.

  • Hank Phillips||

    I was shocked to learn of it. I'd always imagined the limeys had SOME freedom. Thy've even got a Libertarian Party with a flying origami golden bull market mascot that makes our birdie look like an egg-sucking chicken.
    https://libertarianpartyuk.com/

  • RoyMo||

    That is very sad really, the site hasn't been updated in almost a year either.

  • Warren||

    I can't wait for the squeal Grass Growing

  • But Enough About Me||

    How about Wine Aging?

  • __Warren__||

    Hair: The Growening

  • __Warren__||

    Fifteen hours of hot Zamboni Action!

  • pan fried wylie||

    you're moving towards more-entertaining now, back up.

  • dinkster||

    He should have spliced in dick pics Fight Club style around hour four, so when the censors fell asleep they would misrate the film.

  • Zombie Jimbo||

    Butt sex at hour four since the Brits want to ban it anyway.

  • ||

    They want to ban it only when not seen as a pleasurable activity for young women.

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  • lars626||

    And the rules are that the censors are required to watch the entire film.

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    Wow the meaning of the word"epic" sure has degenerated...

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    That's some epic pay!

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  • Uncle Jay||

    Yeah, but all the leftist film critics loved it. They didn't understand it, but they loved it.
    Typical liberal bullshit.

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