Earlier this week it was announced that the new owners of Soho Film Lab, Deluxe, were to immediately cease printing 16mm film within its lab.
I’ve only ever had one, personal, direct dealing with the Len at the lab, but have worked with numerous artists who regularly rely on his technical skill and support to produce their work. Like with many contemporary practices these artists require the assistance of highly skilled professionals to achieve their aims, however more so than most, filmmaking is intrinsically linked to these needs and specialisms. For the sole remaining professional printing lab in the UK to close presents a real threat to the strength of artist filmmaking in Scotland and the UK.
Here’s a great article by Tacita Dean http://gu.com/p/2na8e