Art takes many forms, and apparently so does protest. Charlie Lyne was unhappy with the way films are rated in the UK. He claims the British Board of Film Classification charged fees that made it very difficult for independent film makers to release films. So he decided to protest in a very unconventional way, according to I100.
The Video Recording Act states that any videos not exempt have to be classified. It is illegal to to supply any recording that hasn’t received a BBFC certification, according to Wikipedia. So when Mr. Lyne made a ten-hour film of paint drying, two members of the BBFC had to watch it and give it a rating. After sitting through ten hours of paint drying, the BBFC rated it “U” or suitable for everyone with no material likely to harm or offend.
Lyne started a crowd-funding campaign to raise the money to send the film for classification, “in a protest against censorship and mandatory classification.” An average film costs 1,000 pounds or 1,400 dollars to be classified.
Mr. Lyne said that the film had done what he had hoped it would, because it sparked a conversation and debate about the BBFC and the role it plays in the British Film industry. Fans of Paint Dry are now anxiously waiting for the rumored sequel Grass Growing.