20th Calgary Underground Film Festival

April 20-30, 2023

11th CUFF.Docs Documentary Film Festival

November 22-26, 2023

We Gotta Get Out Of This Place

USA, 2013 : Alberta Premiere
Archives 2014
In Cinema Globe Cinema
Tue, Apr 8 9:15 PM Buy
Sun, Apr 13 1:00 PM Buy


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.

With his best pal Bobby and his girl Sue getting ready to leave town for college, good ol' boy B.J. gets 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. The petty theft results in an ever-increasing surge of blunt violence, betrayal and inescapable retribution. Insecurities and deception among B.J., Bobby and Sue ratchet up the tension, making it increasingly difficult to predict who will come out on top — or even alive.

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. The film steers between down-home recklessness to sinister sadism and an almost-dreamish state where innocence is lost forever.

Toronto International Film Festival 2013
Fantastic Fest 2013
AFI Fest 2013

press for We Gotta Get Out Of This Place

"Lean, mean and highly watchable – a genre exercise that introduces a promising directing team who already show considerable command of their craft."
- The Hollywood Reporter


Drama / Crime

91 Minutes


Simon Hawkins, Zeke Hawkins

Simon Hawkins, Zeke Hawkins

Mackenzie Davis, Logan Huffman, William Devane, Mark Pellegrino, Jon Gries




Audience Award, AFI Fest 2013