Up until a few years ago film processing labs had gone the way of video rental stores – basically extinct.
In recent times however film photography, much like vinyl records, has come back in a big way, with people searching for authentic, nostalgic feeling photography that doesn’t just get lost in a sea of iPhone albums.
We do have a few options around Perth to get film developed, with some keen young beans popping up along with a couple of larger chains:
Lab West Film
Lab West Film is in the heart of Northbridge, with a focus on a friendly vibe to make newcomers and old hats all feel welcome. Their pricing is really competitive, and they’ve got a great little shop full of all kinds of film, along with magazines and re-usable film cameras like the ones pictured below.
46a/188 Newcastle St, Perth
(The old cottage, near the corner of William St)
Focus Pocus is a small venture from local photographer Chris Beecroft – small scale alternative to some of the bigger joints we’ve mentioned. From humble beginnings in his sharehouse, Beecroft’s operation has expanded into a new location in Fremantle, with heaps of different film stock to choose from and regular camera drops – check out the Focus Pocus Website for more info.
Silver Halide Studios
Silver Halide Studios offer hand processing of Black & White, colour and E-6 film, along with alternative darkroom printing services and medium and large format photography services. Another awesome spot on this list with a personal, high quality touch, and well-priced to boot.
5/37 Railway Parade, Mount Lawle
10 Mararoa Ct, Padbury (drop box)
digiDirect are a larger Australian brand you can trust to get the job done and for a great price. While they may be all the way out in Cannington they get the processing done fast, and they even give you a free roll of C200 when your drop yours off – bonza!
12 Cecil Ave, Cannington
Stop Down Film
Stop Down Film have a drop box located inside Retro 66 in Northbridge for all your develop and scan needs, along with a stacked online shop with an array of different film options along with a few point-and-shoots for sale. They’re also one of the only places in Perth that do E6 processing in house, if that’s your jam. Get the lowdown via their website.
A one-stop shop for all things printing, there’s no job Churchill won’t be able get done for you. If you’re looking to get some images blown up into larger prints or on canvas, Churchill is an excellent option.
288 Railway Pde, Perth
Arguably Australia’s biggest chain when it comes to film developing, if you’re looking for no muss, no fuss film developing Camera House is the way to go. Their Leederville, Hay St and Fremantle stores have dedicated film processing labs, and depending on how busy they are you’ll usually get the scans through later that same day (if you go early enough).
717 Hay St, Perth
201 Oxford St, Leederville
83 Market St, Fremantle
A mainstay of the Perth photography scene, Fitzgerald Photo in North Perth have been processing film for over 50 years (!). Absolute experts with quality being top priority, you can last in any industry for five decades without being at the top of your game.
350 Fitzgerald St, North Perth
Thicc Boi Film
Okay so you can’t actually get film developed with Thicc Boi Film, but we figured it’s worth highlighting this as a fantastic resource for BUYING film as Perth’s first (and we assume only ever) film vending machine! You can access it basically all day, seven days a week just near Coles in Raine Square, and you’ll find Kodak, FujiFilm, CineStill, Ilford, Lomography and more. You can also order online via their website.
Raine Square, Perth
Header Image Credit: Focus Pocus