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Cornish print factory transformed into film set

The St Austell Printing Company (SAPC) became the site of a fictional newspaper as part of a new series for a German television drama.

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The film crew on site at SAPC

Currently filming television adaptations of novels by Cornish author Rosamunde Pilcher, the FFP New Media crew took over the site at the print company to create the ‘Cornish Gazette’ – a fictional newspaper that appears in the series.

SAPC’s operations manager, Beth Mayman, comments: “We were so pleased to welcome the crew back to SAPC. It’s extraordinary watching them work and see the attention to detail they put into the sets.

“They transformed our main printshop and reception areas with branding for the newspaper, as well as making our car park a hive of activity with catering and wardrobe trucks.”

It is not the first time the print company’s site has been used as a filming location, as Mayman explains: “Since the last time the building was featured, we’ve had a few fans coming to visit the building.

Most recently, a German gentleman arrived with his two dogs who acted as models, posing for photos in front of our big SAPC sign

“Most recently, a German gentleman arrived with his two dogs who acted as models, posing for photos in front of our big SAPC sign.”

FFP New Media also used SAPC’s offices for two previous films; in 2013 it became the headquarters for an architect firm and in 2014 it became a pharmaceutical laboratory.

SAPC has more than 40 years of experience in the print industry and offers a range of in-house services, from digital and litho printing to mailing and fulfilment. 

Mayman adds: “The films are great for promoting Cornwall, good for the economy and we’re glad that in our own way, we’ve been able to help.”

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