By Oliver Gettell
September 14, 2015 at 12:00 PM EDT

Director Tom McCarthy’s fact-based drama Spotlight takes its title from the Boston Globe investigative-reporting team that exposed a shocking decades-long cover-up of sexual abuse in the Catholic Church. In telling that story, the film illuminates not just the scandal itself, but also the people and procedures that uncovered it.

In an interview with Gina McIntyre at the PEOPLE, InStyle and Entertainment Weekly photo studio during the Toronto International Film Festival, Spotlight cast members Brian d’Arcy James, Liev Schreiber, and John Slattery talked about nailing the story behind the story.

“I think across the board it was important to get not only the people that the actors are portraying right, but also the world in which these people live,” D’Arcy said. “How they tell the story, and the politics of editing, and how a story is vetted, and how a story eventually ends up on the printed page.”

He added, “All the different levels of that process are represented in the film, and I think that was just as important as getting the people right.”

Slattery said making the film “enlightened me as to how news has gathered. And it also made it clear what a shame it is that newspapers — especially local papers — don’t have the resources to commit the people, the time to long-term investigative journalism. … ‘Support your local newspaper’ is one of the takeaways from this whole thing.”

See more from the interview in the video above.

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