Guinness World Record attempt will see more than five straight days of movie watching

2015-12-09 18:40


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Johannesburg – Imagine spending more than five days, in one seat, watching movies consecutively with little or no resting time.

It could be considered a mammoth task for any dedicated cinephile, but seven contestants are willing to face the challenge in an attempt to set a new Guinness World Record.

The competition, which started with 11 contestants, will see the contestants fight to reach the 122 hours movie marathon target.

Four contestants have already been disqualified.

Organisers said three participants fell asleep on the first day and one contestant withdrew for health reasons.

News24 had a brief chance to speak to one of the contestants during a 10-minute interval. These 10-minute breaks allow contestants to stretch their legs, sleep or to take a quick shower.

David Erasmus said while he could feel the effects of spending 24 hours in one seat already, he was confident he could beat the clock. Another contestant, Suresh Joachim, is an international endurance competitor from Canada.

Paramedics on standby

According to Jacqui O’Sullivan, managing executive at Telkom, during the movie, participants are not allowed to glance away from the screen for more than five seconds. 

"The contestants have been advised not to consume drinks containing caffeine, as this would affect their heart rates. As a result of sleep deprivation during the event, participants are likely to experience an increase in blood pressure, mood swings, nausea and vomiting," O’Sullivan said.

"Existing mental health issues may be exacerbated. Paramedics will be on standby to check participants’ vital signs and an official Guinness World Records adjudicator will verify that all the requirements for the record breaking attempt have been met."

She told News24 the objective of the movie marathon was to introduce Telkom’s Boltspeed fibre streaming service and to making this a fun-filled event for families.

Awareness of fibre connection

"We wanted to find interesting and fun way to bring awareness to the fibre connection which allows people to download movies and songs faster and easier.

"The movie marathon via streaming is something that has never been done before, so we held a competition and found our contestants," she added.

She said that as a treat for families who wished to be part of the marathon, Telkom is holding 24-hour movie marathons costing R30 with refreshments available.

Movies that have already been shown include Southpaw, Mister Pip and The Eagle. She said they would be showing movies in all genres.

The current record stands at 120 hours 23 minutes. O'Sullivan said all proceeds from the marathon would be donated to Lifeline.

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