I am to start an extended photographic documentary project for the local government, what sold the proposal was that I will be shooting film, and in particular, conventional monochrome. I tried to interest Agfa and Ilford to get involved but it did not work out so it seems that I have to pay for my own film! Now, knowing that I would have to go through perhaps hundreds of rolls, economy becomes a factor. Unfortunately, being in Australia, a much smaller market than the US and Europe, the choice of available film is comparatively limited: apart from the Big Three, I can only see Fuji, Forte, Maco and Paterson being available; Foma withdrew from this market some years ago, which was most unfortunate, and Konica stopped selling its Pan 100 and 400 films here too; two marques I rather like. Let me say here: I have no particular alegence to any marque, even though I have been living on Ilford for many years; and I have experiences with many different films and believe I can make the most out of each one by appropriate techniques, so not a worry here. From prior experiences, I have some issues with Forte which sort of make me apprehensive, even though the price is quite advantageous: in 100 or 400 speed, a roll of 36 exposure is A$6.40, 30.5m roll A$59 (think in terms of an Australian dollar as three-quarters of a US dollar). Maco 100 prices are A$6.95 and A$62.70 respectively, and knowing that it is Efke 100, a film I feel comfortable with, I do not think it is an issue there. The wild card is Paterson: in 100 or 400 speeds, each 36 exposure roll is A$6.60. So, who makes Paterson? I would appreciate the thoughts from my learned fellow members; TIA!