If you have read the terrific novel by Chad Pelley you will know the source of this debut feature by the solidly accomplished Justin Simms. Co-produced by Barbara Doran (with Brad Gover and Michael Dobbin), Away From Everywhere was adapted quite honourably to the screen by both Pelley and Mark Hoffe, and so not a lot gets lost in translation. Jason Priestley and Shawn Doyle play the (exceptionally handsome) brothers at the core of this drama. Owen is a writer who emerges from rehab to spend time with his estranged brother Alex. At the centre of almost every tragedy is a woman, that femme who puts the fatal in fatale. Joanne Kelley does that turn as the spirited Hannah, married to one bro and haunted by a past with another. Directed most competently by Justin Simms, the film draws us easily into its gripping drama, where the action lies in character and not necessarily the other way around. With such an amazingly strong cast and crew, it’s no wonder that Away From Everywhere is so compelling an experience.