Paint Drying is a 2016 British experimental protest film that was
produced, directed and shot by Charlie Shackleton. He created the film
in protest against film censorship in the United Kingdom and the
sometimes-prohibitive cost to independent filmmakers that the
classification requirement of the British Board of Film Classification
(BBFC) imposes. The film consists of 607 minutes (10 hours and 7
minutes) of an unchanging view of white paint drying on a brick wall
(similar wall pictured). Shackleton made the film to force the BBFC to
watch it in its entirety to give the film an age rating classification.
Shackleton initially shot 14 hours' worth of footage of paint drying in
4K resolution and opened a Kickstarter campaign to pay the BBFC's per-
minute rate for a film as long as possible. It raised £5,936 from 686
backers, paying for a film lasting 10 hours and 7 minutes. After
reviewing the film, the BBFC rated it "U" for "Universal",
"no material likely to offend or harm".
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