20 years in the slammer – the history Shawshank Redemption

It’s incredible to think that it has been 20 years since Shawshank Redemption was released…and even more incredible to realise that the film was a financial failure when it came out.

But that hasn’t stopped it from becoming a much loved work, and even being propelled into the annals of ‘greatest film ever’ lists.

At Vanity Fair they have a wonderful, loving, in depth article about the history of this special film. (You can ignore the tenuous, if interesting, link in the opening paragraph). We learn about Frank Darabont’s development of the story, the casting… the whole thing. A great piece for lovers of behind the scenes stories, and an education for filmmakers.

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Phil Smy

I am currently a student in the Raindance Film Degree Masters program. This site comes from the research I am doing as I learn more about film production and distribution.

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