Van Diemen Films was established in 1986 by Christopher Smith and Graham Stubbings who were colleagues in the Rank film Equipment sales office. After the establishment of Arriflex as an independent company the Van Diemen founding members developed the business into a film equipment sales and service facility with emphasis on lens sales and service. The company grew rapidly and Christopher left his position as Sales Director for the Aaton agency in London to work full time for Van Diemen Films ltd.
From this point on Van Diemen grew rapidly moving from a small rented service unit to its first factory followed a few years later by a move to larger premises employing 20 people .
The lens service department quickly developed into a lens rebuild and conversion facility producing conventional thread form lenses mainly destined for France and Italy. These conversions remain in service today but they were difficult to build and so a better process was sought. In 1991 we filed our first patent for the Wireform™ system, this was a major leap forward giving us a key advantage over other manufacturers in the field. It further made lens conversion a financially viable line of work.
Further developments to the system have enhanced its performance in three steps culminating in the current range of Macro, Compact Macro and Small close focus lenses all using developments of the original The Van Diemen Wireform™ system