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First-time feature directors Simon and Zeke Hawkins tip their hat to pulp crime master Jim Thompson in this tight, twisty, Texas-set nouveau noir about three teenage friends who get in way over their head when they cross a down-home crime syndicate.
Tipping its hat from the start to the classic
novels of pulp crime master Jim
Thompson, We Gotta Get Out of This Place
is a tight nouveau noir by first-time feature
directors Simon and Zeke Hawkins. The
Hawkins brothers have crafted a tense
thriller in their story of three teens, on the
verge of escaping a dead-end existence in
their cotton-mill town, who get sucked into
the seedy underbelly of organized crime,
With his best pal Bobby (Jeremy Allen
White) and his girl Sue (Mackenzie Davis)
getting ready to leave town for college, good
ol' boy B.J. (Logan Huffman) steals some
money from his boss, Giff, so he can treat
his friends to a wild weekend of partying.
Unfortunately, the money belonged to a
mysterious gangster known as Big Red,
and the three teens are forced to rob a local
money-laundering front to settle their
debt. Insecurities and deception among
B.J., Bobby and Sue ratchet up the tension
leading to the heist, making it increasingly
difficult to predict who will come out on
top — or even alive.
The three fresh young leads are anchored
by a career-changing performance by veteran
film and television character actor
Mark Pellegrino as the snake-tongued baddie — topped with a great reveal of the true
mastermind behind the crime syndicate.
We Gotta Get Out of This Place is at once
a sad love letter to a dying way of life in rural
America, and a searing indictment of the
depravity that can fester in a small town.
- Simon Hawkins
- Simon grew up in Darien, Connecticut, and graduated from NYU’s Tisch School for Film & TV. He worked for GOOD Magazine, creating web video content, and has directed many other award winning short films and music videos, including The Godfather Musical series. He often works with his brother Zeke. We Gotta Get Out of This Place is their first feature film.
- Zeke Hawkins
- Zeke Hawkins grew up in Darien, Connecticut, and graduated from the American Film Institute and Brown University. He worked as the director’s assistant on the Academy Award-winning film Capote and for his short film, Equestrian Sexual Response. He was nominated for a Student Academy Award. He often works with his brother Simon Hawkins. We Gotta Get Out of This Place is their first feature film.