January 25, 2016

Crowd funding for the win

Don points to an idiotic advertisement in the Hollywood Reporter which essentially advocates censorship. Even though I don't smoke and have no intention of starting and don't want kids to smoke, I don't think censorship is the answer. Censorship is a bad thing.

Apparently censorship of movies is a big thing in the UK, and a guy named Charlie Lyne got tired of it. The BBFC (the censors) have committed to watching every minute of every film submitted to them, so Lyne raised about 6000 pounds with a kickstarter to create a 10 hour movie of paint drying. Which he has now submitted for certification.

This, of course, is a truly masterful troll.

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1 Ah, the BBFC.  British censors are also responsible for some anime titles never seeing a domestic release in the United Kingdom, while raising the cost of doing business in a niche market for products that are approved.

Posted by: cxt217 at January 25, 2016 03:18 PM (oJFpz)

2 Yeah, it's not just the idiocy of the entire thing, but the paperwork and resulting delays. Of course things might have improved a little in the last few years, but I had to ship them VHS tapes of stuff to see if they'd approve it, in a market that's already pretty marginal to begin with...

Posted by: Avatar_exADV at January 26, 2016 01:26 AM (v29Tn)


"...so Lyne raised about 6000 pounds with a kickstarter to create a 10 hour movie of paint drying. Which he has now submitted for certification."

I was going to make a joke about it being nominated for an Oscar, since it was white paint, but someone at the original site beat me to it.  Dammit.

Posted by: ubu at January 27, 2016 10:07 AM (SlLGE)

4 Of course, I can see the possible/probable response by the BBFC - citing Mr. Lyne for abusing the administrative process and treating the process with a lack of required respect (Granted, the process deserves no respect, but the more irrelevant the bureaucracy, the more fixated on respect and dignity of their position they become...).

Posted by: cxt217 at January 27, 2016 02:48 PM (Nyr3r)

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