Gazette newsroom hosts film crews for Channel 4 drama
Normally they report on the dramas taking place in their
But on Friday, the team behind the Gazette and Faversham News
starred in one of their own.
The newsroom became one of the locations for Channel 4 drama
Southcliffe, with the news editor, reporters, sub editors and
advertising team all appearing as extras alongside the stars of the
They include Skyfall and Quantum of Solace star Rory Kinnear,
Sean Harris, who played Fifield in the Ridley Scott’s sci-fi film
Prometheus, and Shirley Henderson, who who played Jude in Bridget
Jones’s Diary and Moaning Myrtle in Harry Potter and the Chamber of
Editor Leo Whitlock said: “The team enjoyed taking
orders from the director rather than me for the day.
“They were fascinated to see how things worked behind the scenes
and the attention to detail was staggering.
“They were taken aback by the sheer number of people involved,
which went some way to explaining why it costs £800,000 for one
“Being extras was certainly an experience for them all and they
found it a lot harder than it looks - it’s unlikely they will be
appearing on any Hollywood casting couches in the near future.”
Southcliffe tells the story of a fictional English market town
devastated by a spate of shootings which take place over a single
Seen through the eyes of a journalist returning to the small
town of his childhood, the programme sets out to explore tragedy,
grief, responsibility and redemption, and those closest to the
victims of the tragedy.
Filiming has been taking place in Faversham, Canterbury and
Whitstable in recent weeks.
- Click here for more Canterbury news...
- Click here for more news from across the county...