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B.J. knows full well that once his two only friends leave, he will soon be stranded alone in this podunk cotton town with one career option: cotton. When the three friends return home from their weekend excursion, Giff (Mark Pellegrino) is in the midst of a violent rampage, attempting to track down the stolen money. After another fateful decision is made, B.J., Sue and Bobby find themselves dangerously indebted to Giff. They are left with only one foreseeable option, to steal from Giff's money-laundering boss, Big Red (William Devane). As you can probably guess, that option does not work out very well for them. Drenched in pulpy undercurrents, Bad Turn Worse is a gritty neo-noir that is propelled by the life-altering decisions made by the three young protagonists. While subtly touching upon economic and intellectual disparity, the Hawkins brothers -- following the lead of screenwriter Dutch Southern -- »
- Don Simpson
Taking a strong and unwavering stance on an important issue, no matter what challenges you’re forced to endure as a result, is a crucial moment that powerfully defines your character and the rest of your life. Brothers Zeke and Simon Hawkins made such a critical decision when they rightfully decided to co-helm their first feature film together, the crime thriller ‘Bad Turn Worse,’ which is now playing in theaters and On Demand. The coming-of-age drama, which marks the feature film writing debut of scribe Dutch Southern, enthralling chronicles the life-altering decisions three young friends must make when they inadvertently find themselves involved in a crime. The story also entrancingly emphasizes [ Read More ]
- Karen Benardello
I've heard nothing but fantastic things about the new film Bad Turn Worse and this clip "Money" certainly backs up a lot of them. As a native Texan its refreshing to see a film that, by all appearances so far at least, plays with an ever so slightly heightened version of the state's flavor without making it a pandering caricature. The film was written by Dutch Southern (let's stop for a moment and tip our hat to that name) and was directed by Simon Hawkins and Zeke Hawkins. It stars Mackenzie Davis (AMC's "Halt and Catch Fire," What If), Jeremy Allen White (Showtime’s “Shameless"), Mark Pellegrino (The Big Lebowski, CW’s “Supernatural"), and veteran William Devane (The Dark Knight Rises, Fox’s “24” Series). The film opens in select theaters Nationwide and VOD platforms Friday, November 14th from Starz Digital. Hit the jump for our Bad Turn Worse clip. Here's »
- Evan Dickson
In movies, small towns are too often populated with inbred, murderous hillbillies, but there’s nevertheless a wealth of interesting, seldom-explored and considerably more believable stories to tell about them. “Bad Turn Worse” offers audiences little that they haven’t seen in one form or another — small-town kids, dreams of escape and the interference of local criminals — but in the hands of screenwriter Dutch Southern and directors Simon and Zeke Hawkins, its familiar components come together in a unique way. A crime thriller rich with emotional resonance, “Bad Turn Worse” offers the kind of clean, elegant storytelling whose emotional impact eclipses the cosmetic horrors of its counterparts while announcing the arrival of considerable new filmmaking talents. Jeremy Allen White (“Afterschool”) plays Bobby, a recent high school graduate who is set to head off to the same college as his best friend B.J.’s (Logan Huffman) girlfriend Sue (Mackenzie Davis). B. »
- Todd Gilchrist
Whenever anyone mentions Bad Turn Worse in the future, I’ll fondly think back on one of my new favorite heist explanation scenes, so cleverly orchestrated by brothers Simon and Zeke Hawkins. Blending the frantic nature of a first-person-shooter with cheeky criminal comedy, three juvenile robbers run though their illegal blueprints in real time, imagining exactly how the break-in should go down. While that might sound a bit oversimplified, the Hawkins brothers inject a little fun by having the two characters on camera react to any hiccups in the plan mid-scene, interrupting a hold-up with hypothetical questions only to direct their attention back towards elderly hostages after bickering about small details. The sequence is flashy, exciting, clever and memorable, striking a unique high note – a note that’s sorely missed throughout the film’s more generic existence.
The Hawkins brothers bring a certain freshness to their filmmaking, and Bad Turn Worse »
- Matt Donato
The Texas-set neo-noir formerly known as We Gotta Get Out Of This Place has ponied up its first trailer as Starz Digital ramps up for a November 14 release. Jeremy Allen White (Shameless), Mackenzie Davis (Halt And Catch Fire) and Logan Huffman (V) star in Bad Turn Worse as small-town youngsters who blow stolen cash on a weekend of partying. Unfortunately, the sociopath they stole from (Lost‘s Mark Pellegrino) answers to an even scarier boss (William Devane), whose riches the kids are forced to heist in order to repay their debt.
Zeke and Simon Hawkins directed from a script by Dutch Southern and shot the pic on location in Texas cotton country. After it debuted at Tiff 2013, Starz acquired U.S. and Canada rights and set a limited theatrical/digital release plan. That strategy might work out well for Starz; between the film’s festival premiere and now, more indies »
- Jen Yamato
IFC Films has snapped up Us rights to Ruba Nadda’s recent Toronto world premiere from Blue Ice Pictures starring Patricia Clarkson. Separately, Starz Digital Media has announced release plans for Bad Turn Worse.
Myriad handles international sales to October Gale, which also stars Scott Speedman and Tim Roth in the story of a doctor who shelters a man on the run from a killer. Callum Keith Rennie rounds out the key cast.
If brokered the deal with Jay Cohen at Gersh and D’Amico on behalf of the filmmakers.
Starz Digital Media will release Bad Turn Worse (formerly We Gotta Get Out Of This Place) in select theatres and on VOD on November 14. The directorial debut of Zeke and Simon Hawkins is based on the screenplay by Dutch Southern about »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
The Brothers Hawkins have arrived on the scene with a loud bang that could be seen as an ode to a favourite weapon of choice in the crime genre. Now as their feature directorial debut, We Gotta Get Out of This Place, makes its way into UK cinemas, HeyUGuys had the opportunity to lightly interrogate the filmmaking duo, as they shared with us their thoughts on the creative process and the first film in their directorial canon.
Why a career in filmmaking? Was there that one inspirational moment?
Zeke Hawkins: We grew up at the movies. Whilst our parents were trying to deal with having two boys, we would go to the cinema four times a week throughout our childhood. So we have always loved movies. In terms of a seminal moment, I remember when I was eighteen and I first saw Steven Soderbegh’s Out of Sight. It »
- Paul Risker
Starz Digital Media has acquired Us and Canadian rights to The Hawkins Brothers’ directorial debut We Gotta Get Out Of This Place.
The film premiered in Toronto and won the Audience Award at AFI Fest.
We Gotta Get Out Of This Place stars Jeremy Allen White, Mackenzie Davis, Mark Pellegrino and William Devane in the story of three Texas teens whose night of partying leaves them indebted to the wrong person.
Dutch Southern wrote the screenplay and Rough & Tumble Films produced.
“I love when our team discovers films by talented new filmmakers,” said Starz head of acquisitions Kevin Kasha.
“Set in a dead-end Texas town, Zeke and Simon Hawkins offer audiences a gritty thriller that presents a fresh, sometimes surreal take that will appeal to film fans everywhere. We’re excited they’ve partnered with Starz to share their debut film.” »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
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