Racquet Film Reaches New Heights

Racquet Film dev and scan for Jennifer Mendez.

What’s Australia’s fastest rising film processing labs best trait? Just how unconventional it is!

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“Where can I get film developed?” remains a rather common question in Australia. Thankfully, Racquet Film have well and truly answered that question for analogue enthusiasts across the nation.

As of August 3rd, 2018, Racquet Film – Australia’s fastest growing film processing lab and analogue community – have acquired a new commercial property. The exciting space is right next to their existing lab and showroom in New Farm, acting as an extension to their already impressive premise. The decision was made to allow ample space for the fast-rising brand to continue expanding at their current, rapid rate. The new acquisition will allow Racquet Film – an offset of the wildly popular Racquet Creative photo agency – to offer a larger gallery and showroom and continue to expand their service list.

Kodak TRI-X shot by Tim Page. Developed & Scanned by Racquet Film.

July was a big month for the ‘old school’ developing hub, with globally renowned photojournalist Tim Page praising their services as “absolutely outstanding”, having sent 16 rolls he’d taken while providing consultation on the set of a forthcoming movie about the Battle of Long Tan. The photos were shot on the same camera Page used during the Vietnam War over 40 years ago. Tim Page was so happy with the quality of Racquet Film’s development that he personally called the Brisbane-brand and offered to sign a series of the images Racquet Film had developed and scanned for him.

Kodak TRI-X shot by Tim Page. Developed & Scanned by Racquet Film.

During the month of July, the lab started a relationship with Kudos Cameras and JOBO Germany, dedicating their processing techniques to fully manual JOBO machines. As of August, the lab runs four state-of-the-art rotary processors in the development sector of the lab, with a Fuji SP3000, Noritsu LS-600 (in transit), Pakon 135+ and Epson V-800 in the scanning section. Staying true to their ethos, the team review all images and correct where required, priding themselves on their ability to offer a completely custom service to clients, alongside gallery-quality printing (A4-A2) on their Canon Pro-1000 inkjet printer.

Between all of this, the brand retains its strong relationship with reputable film powerhouse Walkens Film, has had the honour of personally speaking with Kodak to discuss ways in which it can optimise its C41 development methods (a discussion that will long continue) and is currently investigating the intricate, wildly curled world of Super 8 development.

The end of August will see Racquet Film announcing the launch date of ‘The Modern, Opinionated, Film Photography Journal‘, an absolutely massive (90,000 word) tome on film photography, its history and its place in a digital world. The book will be an amazing educational resource and the first of its kind in over ten years, giving new film photographers a high quality, reputable resource should they wish to learn the increasingly popular medium.

Racquet Film develop and scan for Kilian Frunz. Shot on a Nikon L35AF.

Racquet Film still monitor 100% of all their developing and scanning work, provide C41, B&W and E6 processes in-house (with push/pull capabilities, cross-processing and TIFF options). Better yet, the team assures us the breadth of their work only set to grow in the months to come, with their move date to the new premises set for late August. Oh, and the team also appeared on ‘What Do You Make?’, a podcast curated by super talented Brisbane-based photographer Morgan Roberts. Listen to it here or on Spotify.”

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