Campaign to Produce a Dull Paint Film


Is watching paint dry your thing? Well, imagine if you could enjoy the pensive pastime on the big screen.

British filmmaker and journalist Charlie Lyne has filmed white paint slowly drying on a brick wall.

He’s actually raising funds via a crowdfunding campaign to submit the project to the British Board of Film Classification for a rating.

So far, the film, aptly named Paint Drying, could top 14 hours, as minutes are added with each pledge on Lyne’s Kickstarter page.

In ‘Petty’ Protest

He didn’t just do it for the love of paint, however. He wants to make a statement about the censorship of the regulating body.

Lyne told Mashable that the film is an “intentionally petty act of protest to make the BBFC watch Paint Drying, but hopefully it will also get people thinking about the board and its role within the British film industry.”

Campaign Details

The Kickstarter will fund BBFC costs—a £101.50 ($154.90) submission fee to classify a theatrical release, plus a £7.09-per-minute fee.

Lyne says these costs can prove prohibitively expensive for many independent filmmakers.

In order to give a submitted film a rating, the board must watch it in its entirety from start to finish. And, they’ve told Mashable they will show Paint Drying the same courtesy.

As of Wednesday (Nov. 25), the Kickstarter campaign had 549 backers, raised $7,664, and has 20 days left.

Who knows? Perhaps this is a paint job worthy of being watched.

Alas, there are no plans to screen the film for the public at the moment.


Tagged categories: Artists; Color + Design; Europe; Exterior painting; Interior coatings; Paint application; Trends

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