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Brit censors endure 10-hour Paint Drying movie epic

Two days to classify protest cinematic masterwork

Straight to DVD? A still from Paint Drying

The British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) has determined that Charlie Lyne's 10-hour Paint Drying contains "no material likely to offend or harm", and has accordingly awarded it a "suitable for all" U certificate.

Nicely described by the BBFC as "a film showing paint drying on a wall", Paint Drying is the result of a Kickstarter campaign aimed at highlighting the "prohibitively expensive" cost of presenting cinematic works for classification.

The BBFC charges a £101.50 submission fee and £7.09 per minute of film. However, it is obliged to sit through every single frame of material, so Lyne decided he'd make the censors work for their money.

He originally planned to raise £109 for a symbolic one-minute submission of paint drying, but ultimately attracted pledges of £5,936, financing an extended 607-minute submission to the BBFC.

Since the board's examiners are only allowed to view nine hours of material per day, the classification process extended over two days earlier this week.

It remains to be seen if Paint Drying will enjoy a cinematic release or go straight to DVD, perhaps as an extended "Director's Cut". ®

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