Like the main character - Andy Dufresne - I didn't feel I should be at Headway in the same way he felt he shouldn't be in prison.
Similarly to Tim Robbins being an accountant - his skills are wasted inside a prison - as are mine as a journalist not being in work. He does one of the guard's tax returns but my skills - such as shorthand or interviewing people - have been used to interview people at Headway.
There's a great scene where the prisoners get to feel "normal" for once by drinking a few beers - in a break to their routine/lives - appreciating the smaller things in life. This is definitely something I can identify with, because it is glimpses of normality.
The group felt like when you are at school and it was wet play and you end up playing a game or watching a film or something like that - a break from the norm.
My favourite writer Graham Greene's main strength is picking out the "ugliness of life" - you start to notice or appreciate the little things in life.
One of the characters called Brookes served so much time in prison he ended up getting out on parole - but there does not tend to be parole with a brain injury - no matter how well behaved you are!
Brookes, sadly, eventually takes his life because he struggles with the adjustment to the outside world - which reminded me of the fact two people have passed away at Headway while I have been going there.
It reminded me of a poem I studied in the anthology at GCSE called "Vultures" which said how the commandant at a concentration camp like Belsen headed home to his children everyday with the "smell of human roast still clinging to his nostrils" - showing there is a human side to everyone - including brain injury survivors.
As a journalist you are taught to interview the person - not the situation - to show the human side of it.
There were two great human moments in the film where Andy gets beers for his work colleagues and when he played beautiful classical music over the sound system as an act of rebellion.
The film has a great metaphor in it which I identified with.
Over a long period of time, Andy slowly chipped away at a hole in the wall to carve out his route to freedom without anyone noticing and I identified with it for example because after all of my trips to the gym my walking and leg have got slowly better without anyone really noticing which gives me hope for a number of other parts of my life and recovery.
I love watching films and cannot help but over think them, it is interesting to see correlations between what you watch on screen and what you see in reality.
The last time I saw the film was on a coach trip around Europe as part of The A Level History Third Reich trip where we watched it on the bus throughout the night back in 2000/2001 so it has been a while since I last saw it!