[Tig] NZ's last film lab makes a full circle--back to government ownership, and survival--

Ted Langdell ted at tedlangdell.com
Thu Jul 11 12:36:22 BST 2013


"Australasia's last 35mm colour film processing lab" won't be shutting down for good after all.

Park Road Post has sold the lab to the New Zealand archives, which has a pressing need to transfer more than a thousand deteriorating nitrate and safety films to polyester stock.  The lab was the only place the work could be done in the region. 

Management said the shift to digital rendered the lab "commercially unsustainable." The facility was to have run its last film at Park Road on June 28. 

It will be relocated to the archive's Wellington facility and open in November, as part of a NZ$ 2.8 Million project to restore New Zealand's films in five years. Some of the ten lab workers who were laid off may be rehired.

In this article...

http://www.stuff.co.nz/entertainment/film/8851876/Lab-deal-gives-rare-Kiwi-films-new-life?goback=%2Egde_1889031_member_254306908

...it's noted that the lab was originally part of the government's National Film Unit in 1941 and entered private ownership in 1999.  Processing of private film may continue

The potential for public and private processing was noted in this Park Road blog item:

http://www.parkroadpost.co.nz/news/new-zealand-film-lab-finds-a-new-home-at-archives-new-zealand


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