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The Shawshank Redemption, courtesy Secret Cinema and Future Cinema
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rakspatel wrote in mycroft_brolly
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Raks's Reaction

I went to Future Cinema's The Shawshank Redemption on Friday 18 January. I knew what film I was going to see in advance which was why it was presented by Future Cinema not Secret Cinema (with Secret Cinema the film that you have booked to see remains a mystery until you see it!). This had been a Secret Cinema at the tail end of 2012, and it had proved to be so popular that they had turned it into a Future Cinema presentation at the start of 2013.

As per usual, the experience immersed you in the world of the film that you were about to see. You turned up at Court with your Summons, were promptly sentenced by the Judge, and then bundled into a blacked out bus/van which transported you to your new home, prison. You were stripped of your clothes and possessions, given a prison uniform, and locked up in a cell, with Bibles on the beds for company. Later on you got to roam the prison, and get into all kinds of adventures and scraps, which were all related to the film in some way eg laundry room, library cards etc. The attention to detail was phenomenal, the actors were all spot-on, and it was a totally immersive experience.

Eventually, when we got to watch the film after all the build-up, I was reminded of just how powerful and moving a film The Shawshank Redemption actually is (I had not seen the film for many years). It is a film where, ultimately, good wins over evil, and justice is done, and it speaks very powerfully about the strength and the resilience of the human spirit, and how the human spirit can and will overcome any adversity.

This Future Cinema production is very expensive but I am still recommending it because it is unique, exciting, innovative, and fun.

Highly recommended.

There is a great write-up of the Secret Cinema Shawshank experience in the Telegraph here:
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/film/filmreviews/9718783/Review-Secret-Cinema-presents-The-Shawshank-Redemption.html

This is the trailer which gives you a very good idea of what you will get to experience:


My previous features on Secret Cinema are here:
http://mycroft-brolly.livejournal.com/225931.html
http://mycroft-brolly.livejournal.com/197597.html

Buy your tickets here:
http://www.futurecinema.co.uk/tickets.html

Secret Cinema Website:
http://www.secretcinema.org/

Future Cinema Website:
http://www.futurecinema.co.uk/
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