Paint Drying

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Paint Drying
Directed byCharlie Lyne
StarringCharlie Lyne
Release date
  • 26 January 2016 (2016-01-26)
Running time
607 minutes[1]
CountryUnited Kingdom

Paint Drying is a 2016 British feature film directed and produced by Charlie Lyne. The film is about paint on a wall drying, lasting for ten hours and seven minutes.[1][2] The film was created by Charlie Lyne in order to force the British Board of Film Classification (B.B.F.C.) to watch all ten hours to give the film an age rating classification, as a protest against censorship and the prohibitive cost to independent film-makers (usually £1000 per film) which the B.B.F.C. classification requirement imposes.[3][4]


The B.B.F.C. charged a flat £101.50 fee per film, plus a £7.09 per minute fee, to classify a film. Hence the more money committed to the project, the longer the submitted film could be. Charlie Lyne started a Kickstarter page in order to raise money to make the film as long as possible. He had filmed fourteen hours of paint drying on a wall in advance, in case he raised enough money to show all the footage.[5] Lyne raised more than £5,936[6] from 686 backers.[3] The film was released on 26 January 2016 with the run-time of ten hours and seven minutes.[7] The BBFC gave the film a U rating, indicating it is suitable for all ages.[8]

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  1. ^ a b Miller, Nick (27 January 2016). "Filmmaker forces UK censorship board to sit through 607-minute film of paint drying". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 2 September 2018.
  2. ^ Haysom, Sam. "Man forces UK film censors to watch 10 hours of paint drying". Mashable. Retrieved 18 July 2019.
  3. ^ a b Loughrey, Clarisse. "BBFC rates Paint Drying film 'U', after sitting through all 607 minutes". The Independent. Independent Print Limited. Retrieved 23 June 2018.
  4. ^ Vincent, Alice (26 January 2016). "Why the BBFC watched paint dry for 10 Hours: filmmaker Charlie Lyne explains".
  5. ^ Ohlheiser, Abby (19 November 2015). "A filmmaker is trolling the British film board with an unbelievably long movie of paint drying". The Washington Post.
  6. ^ "Make the Censors Watch 'Paint Drying'". Kickstarter. Retrieved 25 May 2019.
  7. ^ Green, Anna. "Why This Filmmaker Shot a 14-Hour Movie About Paint Drying". Mental Floss. Retrieved 23 June 2018.
  8. ^ "This 10-hour documentary is really like watching paint dry". EW. Retrieved 20 February 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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