In what is becoming an unsurprisingly reoccurring news story, two new film stocks are entering the market with announcements from ORWO (formerly AGFA) and Dubblefilm. From the release of recycled films to the first colour roll in decades:
One of analogue’s resurgence success stories, Dubblefilm is an ‘alternative’ film company launched in 2017 with a range of low-tech analogue cameras and films available in fun packaging and at low prices. In 2020 Dubblefilm launched their first retro-inspired compact camera, the Show camera, which comes in a range of fun colours tying into the company’s art school aesthetic. Now, the company has launched a new 35mm film made from repurposed movie film. The Cinema is a fast ISO 800 colour film made for moody, cinematic photographs. ‘We have used film for movie cameras and removed the protective remjet layer to make it more accessible for all 35mm film shooters!’ Explains Dubblefilm’s product listing. ‘Expect epic colors, insane tones at night, halo effect around bright red lights and a bluish tone in daylight.’ The roll can be C-41 processed and is available on Dubblefilm’s website for £16.
At the other end of the analogue photography timeline, is the 116-year-old company ORWO (previously AGFA), which originally began producing film in 1910, before being re-established in 1964 as ORWO. It recently announced the launch of its first colour film in decades; the Wolfen NC500, a limited edition 500 ASA, which is due to start shipping this week. The product listing explains ’At the core of our new colour film lies a unique chemical formula based on the wonderful and legendary Agfa stock last used in the Oscar winning film ‘Out of Africa’. Famous for their greens, desaturated shadows and enhanced grains, these are all aspects that we are embracing for our new addition.’ Each roll, available on ORWO's website, can be C-41 processed and comes with 36 exposures at a cost of £13.
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