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 10 hours and 7 minutes.[1][2] The film was created by Charlie Lyne in order to force the BBFC to have to watch all 10 hours to give the film an age rating classification, as a protest against censorship and the prohibitive cost to independent filmmakers (usually £1000 per film) which the BBFC classification requirement imposes.[3][4]


The BBFC 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 14 hours of paint drying on a wall in advance, in case he raised enough money to show all the footage.[5] The film raised over £5,936[6] from 686 backers, and was released on 26 January 2016 with the runtime of 10 hours and 7 minutes.[3][7] The BBFC gave the film a U rating.

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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.

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