Never Been Kissed (1999) and Brawl In Cell Block 99 (2017)

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In the latest episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, Simon looks at a pair of films that found their own way around the American movie system.

Drew Barrymore was in her 20s when she launched her own production company – but she was determined it wouldn’t be a vanity operation. Never Been Kissed was its first movie.

Writer-director S Craig Zahler, meanwhile, went outside the traditional Hollywood distribution system – and helped rebuild Vince Vaughn’s career – with Brawl In Cell Block 99.

Stories of both are discussed in this episode.

Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod.

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