Broxbourne News Printers

Personal project

A short film exploring the process that goes into printing newspapers.

This is Broxbourne News Printers, just north of London, one of the biggest and most advanced news printing facilities in the world. I was lucky enough to shoot here for a commercial project and decided to cut this short from the rushes. The footage was too good not to. The machinery, the engineering, the sheer scale was all spectacular. The most surprising thing though, was how mechanised it was. It was, sadly, almost entirely automated with just a handful of people running it. It goes without saying that most newspapers are printed in the dead of night, as such there was a real sense of eerie solitude there — huge complex machines going about their business, with minimal human intervention, in the middle of the night.