Telkom Unlimited Movie Marathon: Guinness World Record Attemp – Update 5

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Update 5: 13th December 2015

One Contestant Remains

Suresh Joachim, the single remaining contestant in the Telkom Unlimited Movie Marathon, is on track to break the Guinness World Record this afternoon for the longest time spent watching movies. He has already been watching movies uninterrupted for more than 4 days and 18 hours. The current world record is about 5 days and 23 minutes.

Update 4: 12th December 2015

Two More Contestants are Disqualified from Record Attempt

The Telkom Unlimited Movie Marathon has entered its final stretch, with only one and a half days remaining and a single contestant in the race to set a new record, certified by Guinness World Records, for the longest time spent watching movies.

On Saturday morning, Lionel Havenga fell asleep for 15 minutes at 00:45, having watched for 80 hours 45 minutes. At 3:17am, Sheetal Vallabh, the last South African contestant, fell asleep for 24 seconds with 82 hours 18 minutes on her clock. This leaves Suresh Joachim from Canada, the previous record holder, as the only contestant still watching. He has so far clocked 88 hours and 13 minutes, as of 8:07am.

The rules of the record attempt state that contestants may not sleep or take their eyes off the screen while watching the movie, and they are allowed only a ten minute rest break between movies. Movies have to be at least 90 minutes in length, and they must watch the entire film until the credits end.

“We are more than three-quarters through our record attempt, with only a day and a half left. Suresh is still going strong, but public support is critical,” said Jacqui O’Sullivan, Managing Executive for Group Communication and Public Relations at Telkom.

Update 3: 11th December 2015

Four Contestants Still Standing

Two more contestants were disqualified on Friday morning in the race to set a new record, certified by Guinness World Records, for the longest time spent watching movies. Delon Munian fell asleep at 1:46am, and also had his eyes away from the screen for longer than 10 seconds. David Erasmus fell asleep at 3:25am.

At 8:55am today, the remaining four contestants had clocked 65 hours 3 minutes, putting them over the half-way mark.

The rules of the record attempt state that contestants may not sleep or take their eyes off the screen while watching the movie, and they are allowed only a ten minute rest break between movies. Movies have to be at least 90 minutes in length, and they must watch the entire film until the credits end.

“We’re over halfway now and we’re cheering for our remaining contestants to beat the clock and make it to Sunday afternoon. This is a tremendously gruelling event which will push our contestants to the limit,” said Jacqui O’Sullivan, Managing Executive for Group Communication and Public Relations at Telkom.

Update 2: 10th December 2015

Only Six Contestants Remain

Another contestant has been disqualified in the race to set a new record, certified by Guinness World Records, for the longest time spent watching movies. Buhlebethu Hlatswayo fell asleep at 2:50am on Thursday morning for 24 seconds, having watched for 34 hours 51 minutes.

At 8:13am today, the remaining six contestants had clocked 40 hours 20 minutes.

The rules of the record attempt state that contestants may not sleep or take their eyes off the screen while watching the movie, and they are allowed only a ten minute rest break between movies. Movies have to be at least 90 minutes in length, and they must watch the entire film until the credits end.

On Wednesday morning, Aqeel Dockrat voluntarily withdrew after 13 hours 38 minutes due to ill health, while Tibor Donatus Kurucz, Tiberius Tjo and Louis Marx fell asleep for between seven and 20 minutes each, after they had been participating for 12 hours 42 minutes, 14 hours 22 minutes, and 14 hours 5 minutes respectively.

“We’re impressed by the grit and stamina our contestants have displayed thus far. Most of us love watching movies, but this record attempt requires tremendous physical perseverance from anyone attempting it,” said Jacqui O’Sullivan, Managing Executive for Group Communication and Public Relations at Telkom.

Update 1: 9th December 2015

Four Contestants Drop Out:

Only seven contestants remain in the race to set a new record, certified by Guinness World Records, for the longest time spent watching movies.

Thulisile Madyo declined her place shortly before the competition started on Tuesday afternoon and was replaced by Louis Marx. Aqeel Dockrat voluntarily withdrew after 13 hours 38 minutes due to ill health, while Tibor Donatus Kurucz, Tiberius Tjo and Louis fell asleep for between seven and 20 minutes each, after they had been participating for 12 hours 42 minutes, 14 hours 22 minutes, and 14 hours 5 minutes respectively.

At 2:36pm today (9th December 2015), the remaining seven contestants had clocked 22 hours 43 minutes.

The rules of the record attempt state that contestants may not sleep or take their eyes off the screen while watching the movie, and they are allowed only a ten minute rest break between movies. Movies have to be at least 90 minutes in length, and they must watch the entire film until the credits end.

The current record stands at 120 hours 23 minutes, and the contestants are attempting to spend over 122 hours watching movies delivered via Telkom’s BOLTSPEED fibre. This is the first time the record has been attempted by streaming content over high-speed internet.

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