Hot off the Presses; FAKING HEADLINES BEST SCREEN PORTRAYALS OF NEWSPAPERS Ever Wondered What It's Really like to Work as a Journalist? These Films Will Give You a Flavour

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Hot off the Presses; FAKING HEADLINES BEST SCREEN PORTRAYALS OF NEWSPAPERS Ever Wondered What It's Really like to Work as a Journalist? These Films Will Give You a Flavour


Byline: BRIAN MCIVER b.mciver@dailyrecord.co.uk

GRIPPING drama Spotlight hits cinemas today, telling the story of reporters who exposed a paedophile cover-up in the Catholic Church.

The team at the Boston Globe lifted the lid on a shocking conspiracy which affected hundreds of victims in the city and thousands more all around the world.

The film, nominated for six Oscars, tells the story of how journalists Walter "Robby" Robinson, Ben Bradlee Jr, Michael Rezendes, Sacha Pfeiffer, Marty Baron and Matt Carroll cracked a shocking cover-up in the Archdiocese of Boston.

Spotlight - named after the investigative team who broke the story - has been hailed as one of the best movies about journalism and news. But there are a few more that give insight into life in the newsroom.

? Spotlight is reviewed in The Ticket, which starts on Page 43.

THE FRONT PAGE THE Walter Matthau and Jack Lemmon comedy caper about an innocent man trying to escape the death penalty is more concerned with entertainment than realism but it's still one of the most enjoyable newspaper movies.

Things get crazy as star reporter Lemmon tries to quit his paper to take up an honest living but can't get the itch for a good story out of his system and is bullied by crazed editor Matthau.

The most realistic part of the film is the black humour and the desperation to meet a deadline.

STATE OF PLAY WHILE every reporter wished they were as cool as Russell Crowe or Rachel McAdams in this US adaptation of the BBC series, this wins points for featuring the busy paper trying to split stories and reporting between print and web editions - a clever update.

The film, directed by Scot Kevin Macdonald, follows the same story as the TV version but with two hours to tell the story instead of six, it has less attention to detail.

But Crowe makes an engaging reporter and Helen Mirren is one of the best editors ever shown on film.

SPOTLIGHT AS WELL as its fantastic story telling and great acting, one of the things that makes Spotlight stand out is that the 2001 newsroom feels like a real working office. …

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