DIY B&W 16mm Hand Processing Workshop, Sunday 28th March 2021

February 24, 2021

Learn how to process your own 16mm film using household ingredients such as coffee, washing powder and vitamin C. The workshop will cover the hand processing of B&W 16mm film, an introduction to the use of chemicals, loading the LOMO tank and film handling techniques.

​When:  Sunday, 28th March, 2 – 5pm

What we will do:

  1. Shoot some 16mm film on a Bolex camera
  2. Load a LOMO tank (similar to a Paterson tank but for Super 8, 8mm and 16mm film processing)
  3. Make a Caffenol developer (non-toxic recipe of instant coffee, washing powder and Vitamin C) and a fixer solution from our dry chemicals store
  4. Develop the film we shoot on the day

Theory covered:

  1. How the artist run lab Workshop for Potential Cinema works
  2. Introduction to theory of processing B & W film negative

What is included:

  1. 16mm film to shoot
  2. Access to Bolex camera (we will shoot as a group)
  3. Use of light meter
  4. Development chemicals
  5. Use of equipment for processing (LOMO tank etc)

What to wear:

  1. Closed toe shoes
  2. Regular clothing

Cost: $50

Where: “Archies”, Archway 4, Jubilee Park Oval, Chapman Road, Glebe. We are situated in archway 4 facing Jubilee Park Oval (near the Tramsheds food hall) in Glebe. We share the space with Big Fag Press, another artist run initiative you may be familiar with.

Cost: $50

To book your place, get in touch via our contact form

WPC screening #6 New Student Experimental and Handmade Cinema.

December 1, 2020

“Come celebrate sprockets, bent things, breaking conventions and all things ‘other cinema’ at The Workshop for Potential Cinema.”

Such was the triumphant call out for our only WPC screening event for 2020 held in December. COVID 19 meant much reduced activity at the lab, so we were pleased to be able to hold a celebratory screening of new student work originating (mostly) on 16mm. The students of Sydney College of Arts (SCA) and The University of Wollongong (UOW) were faced with the challenge of learning 16mm techniques over Zoom in their respective experimental cinema classes. The SCA (situated at The University of Sydney) class was run by WPC member Rowena Crowe. The students had 16mm materials mailed to them and weekly Zoom demonstrations of direct cinema techniques as well as group Zoom ‘screenings’. While the rainy night didn’t allow for 16mm projection, being able to come together, and watch the products of our semester in the glow of the digital projector light was magic.

Students also had a chance to check out the gear at the artist run film lab and find out about film processing workshops planned for next year.

DIY B&W 16mm Hand Processing Workshop*

December 1, 2018

Learn how to process your own 16mm film. The workshop will cover the hand processing of B&W 16mm film including the use of chemicals, loading the LOMO tank, B&W negative & reversal processing, drying your film and projecting.

When: Saturday 1st December, 2018 2 – 5pm

Where: “Archies, Archway 4, Jubilee Park Oval, Chapman Road   

Cost: $40.

To book your place email:

* This is also the introduction workshop for those wishing to become members of WPC

Pathompon Mont Tesprateep: Three Experimental Narrative Shorts from Thailand

November 8, 2018

Thursday November 8, 2018, 7.30pm, WPC / Archway 4, Jubilee Park Oval, Glebe, Entry $8/$5 (WPC Members)

For the next WPC screening we are excited to be presenting the Sydney premiere of three recent experimental narrative film works by Thai filmmaker Pathompon Tesprateep (aka ‘Mont’)

Mont was born in Bangkok but raised in Isan (the northeastern region of Thailand). He graduated with a Master degree in Fine Art from Chelsea College of Arts in London and participated in Berlinale Talents. Since 2014, Mont has been working on a series of handprocessed 16mm and S8 films. His works have recently screened at Locarno Festival, International Film Festival Rotterdam, Berwick Film and Media Arts Festival, Les Rencontres Internationales and Crossroads 2018 at San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. He is currently developing his first feature film project ‘Let There Be More Light’ (working title).


Endless, Nameless (2014) 22.39 min., S-8, 1.33:1, b&w © 2014
Endless, Nameless is a hand-processed Super 8 film, shot in the private garden of a Thai army officer. The film reconstructs the filmmaker’s memories about groups of conscripts who worked in his father’s garden. The film was created as a self-hypnosis to reinvestigate his existence.

SONG X (2017) 20.19 min., 16mm & S-8, 1.33:1, b&w © 2017
A deserter awakes to discover that his body is laying lifelessly on the ground. He embarks on this new journey where he encounters a group of teenagers who intend to give him a cremation ceremony while, at the same time, his dead body is being searched by a military patrol.

CONFUSION IS NEXT (2018) 21.59min, 16mm, 1.33:1, b&w © 2018
A portrait of a nomadic musician Thom Assajan-Jakgawan. In the film, he appears as a fictionalized version of himself living in a fragile state, a collapsed country. He solitarily confines himself in an unoccupied room, continuing the meditative rhythms of his tunes.