Spotlight's Michael Keaton, Mark Ruffalo and director Tom McCarthy: 'More victims are coming forward because of this film'

The film tells the true story of four journalists who uncovered a scandal of child molestation in the Catholic Church

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With aid from six Oscar nominations, Spotlight has established itself as one of this year's must-see films.

The film tells the biographical story of four journalists from The Boston Globe's 'Spotlight' team - the oldest newspaper investigative unit in the US - who uncovered a scandal of child molestation within the local Catholic Church in 2001.

We sat down with Michael Keaton, Mark Ruffalo, their real-life counterparts Walter Robinson and Michael Rezendes, as well as director Tom McCarthy, to discuss the film which has been winning rave reviews since its premiere at the Venice Film Festival in September.

Speaking about Spotlight, Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Rezendes said, "This movie gives our work a second life with a much bigger, broader audience.

"There was no way I ever believed this could be cinematic."

This claim was backed up by Boston Globe's editor-at-large Walter Robinson who stated that the film has affected the public consciousness "in a way that the printed word could never have."

"More victims are coming forward because of this film," Robinson explained.

"Just the other day in Paris, we had a press conference and a reporter talked to us afterward and said 'Oh, by the way when I was six-years-old, I was abused by a priest."  

Ruffalo - who received a nomination for Best Supporting Actor - described the film's Oscar recognition as "...another way to weight the film's credibility."

Spotlight is released in the UK on 28 January.