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The Shawshank Redemption

On Location

Sunday 11th March | Doors: 19:30 |Film Start: 19:45 | Approx. end: 22:15

We’re pleased to announce a new venue addition to our On Location series for Spring 2018: the former police station’s cell block below The Island, in the heart of Bristol. We’ve selected some classic films about prison, law and order for you – come and explore this unusual location, take a “cell-fie” in a holding cell and enjoy a lock-in for a movie experience to remember long after you’re on the outside again…

The screenings at The Island this March close with The Shawshank Redemption, the ultimate prison drama and one of the most acclaimed films of all time.

The Shawshank Redemption

1994 | 15 | 142 mins

In 1947, banker Andy Dufresne is wrongly accused of murdering his wife and her lover, and sentenced to life in the notorious Shawshank State Penitentiary. He befriends fellow inmate Red, and gains popularity with the corrupt prison guards for assisting their money laundering schemes. However, Andy’s positivity hides a fierce desire for justice – and freedom…

Starring: Tim Robbins | Morgan Freeman | Bob Gunton | William Sadler | Clancy Brown
Director: Frank Darabont
Screenplay: Frank Darabont
Producer: Riki Marvin

THEY SAY: “A thumpingly good ode to friendship, hope, wit, wiles and wisdom, brimming with crackling characters and topped with the most twisteroo of twists […] If you don’t love Shawshank, chances are you’re beyond redemption.” Ian Nathan, Empire, 1994
WE SAY: It’s hard to believe that this film was a sleeper hit, but after a shaky box office start in the USA it has grown to be regarded as one of the all-time great films. A vital, uplifting and breathtaking work of cinema.



  • Due to the physical restrictions of the venue, unfortunately there is no wheelchair access to this site, and the venue has no disabled toilet facilities.
  • Please note that access will be via the gateway entrance on Bridewell Street, and not via the main entrance to the Island on Nelson Street.
  • Guests are advised to wrap up warm and wear sensible footwear – the cells, after all, were not designed for their inhabitant’s comfort…