The Trouble with e

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Thank you to all our wonderful supporters we reached our target and this film will be going ahead! 

Our budget is VERY tight - so if you want support the project and missed the deadline please go here   and click "DONATE"- please leave us a message or send us an email to let us know which reward you would like


The Trouble with e is a full length feature film. It's a road movie, a love story and a thriller, set inSydney's nightclub scene and the stunning landscape of Australia's Outback. It's about living between different worlds and finding out who you are.

A beautiful, sexy DJ is forced to run when she stumbles on a bag of cash. Can she keep the money, conquer her demons, and get the girl?

We are raising $88,000 so that we can start filming. We have already raised $220,000 from private investors (BIG THANK YOU), but need this last amount to go ahead.

We need your help to get The Trouble with e onto the screen, and get more lesbian and gay films out there. We need more stories!

A message from the wonderful Chris While and Julia Matthews, winners in the Best Duo category at the 2009 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. Have a listen.

While and Matthews - song for Louise and Jay from Jay Rutovitz on Vimeo.


e seems to have it all: a hot nightclub gig, a stack of adoring fangirls.  Her Spanish theme nights are a huge success as she dazzles in her Matador outfit, designed by her best friend and manager, Matt.

But looks can be deceiving. 


is not Spanish and her traditional Lebanese parents harass her about finding a suitable boy. Scared of her mother’s reaction e passes off her beloved, Trish, as the lodger. When e betrays her dream of being a professional musician by making a deal with the devil, sociopath nightclub owner Johnny Rock, it is the final straw. Trish leaves. Broken hearted, e marries Matt to give herself a cover and him a visa, after he was ditched by the internet boyfriend he followed to the other side of the world.

When e and Matt stumble on a bag of cash, they take the money and run. But doors are slammed in their faces as e realizes she has burnt too many bridges. Soon they are left with nowhere to go but outback Australia and into the arms of Trish, the one who broke e’s heart.

The Trouble with e is about secrets and lies, hopes and dreams buried so deep you don’t even know they are there. Sometimes you have to travel a long way to find out who you are.


Louise Wadley (writer / director): I am passionate about film. I attended the National Film and Television School in the UK, have made feature length documentaries and fiction shorts before but this will be my first fiction feature. My short films Knickers and Just a Little Crush won awards at festivals around the world. My documentary To Russia with Love was broadcast in multiple territories, and won the Radharc Irish Television documentary award. Being 1stAD on the multi-million dollar Chinese / British historical epic The Opium War confirmed my love of large crowd scenes (which does not make me popular with my producer)I want to tell stories on film because you can transport your audience to another world so completely.

Jay Rutovitz (producer): as a senior renewable energy consultant , I’m used to managing large budgets and complex projects that have to come in on time. I worked in film as a gaffer in the UK (BBC, Chanel 4, and many independents), and as 2nd AD on a The Opium Wars (Chinese period feature film). Producing this film is an act of love for me – I watched Louise (my partner) dream about making features for years, and finally asked what she’d make and how much it would cost. The film and e have become my babies now too, and I’m passionate about getting them into the world. I am also a long distance walker, and took three months to walk the length of New Zealand - similar to the stamina you need to make a film! Louise and I set up Girls’ Own Pictures in 2009.


We need the money to shoot the film. We want this film to look good as well as having a great cast and a fantastic script, and that needs a lot of people on the crew, and some things we can’t beg or borrow (eg a small plane). A significant number of the crew will be volunteers, but we need to cover their expenses and feed them. We have raised 70% of the $$ we need for the shoot from private investors (BIG thank you). We won’t start filming unless we have enough to get to the end of the shoot – and if we get this $88,000 it will put us just over that line. Not comfortably, not with any spare, but enough so that we can go full steam ahead and make it. We will keep trying to raise investment as well, so that fewer of our wonderful crew need to volunteer (a five week film shoot is a big ask).

If you would prefer to invest (minimum $5000) rather than donate through POZIBLE please contact Jay on 0421 651 048 or

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The promo for this campaign was only made because so many people helped us way beyond the call of duty, for rewards they'll only get in heaven – BIG BIG THANK YOUS TO

The Oxford Hotel and all the staff, for being so incredibly wonderful for our Film Trivia night

Our Location hosts: the Newtown Hotel, Fiona Christian, Mystie Ford, and Clementine Oldfield 

Our wonderful cast: Zara Michales (E), Brett Rogers (Matt), Alissar Gazal (Nadine, E’s mother), Simon Bolton (the evil Johnny Rock), Karli-Rae Grogan (Jaki)

Our wonderful extras Anna Angelkoska, April Agarobe, Clementine Oldfield, Christina Maurice, Gabe Jones, Gracia Milan, Leane Richardson, Leonie Agarobe, Nicky Ison, and Sarah Felgate. 

Our wonderful crew: camera department: Vitor Queiroz (DOP) , Denis Scholsem, Francesco Chiari, Jara Pinheiro, Andrew Sudiro (camera assistants), Jane Castle (stills), Filippo Grando (stills), Josh Belinfante (pickups) . editor: Marta Maia. sound department: Pru Montin (composer and sound design), Luke Stacey (recordist) , singer: Helen Grimley,  clarinetist: Deb Jones,  art department: Paige Barrand (hair and makeup), Clementine Oldfield (Art director) 

Props suppliers: Niall Casey and Matthew Kalitowski, Louise Davies and Bernadette Liston, Maria-Eleni Alesandre, Alissar Gazal, and Chris Csabonyi (musical instruments) 

Our DJ mentor: Sveta Gilerman 

Sydney Film School, and especially Ben Ferris

The Oxford Hotel and all the staff there, who were incredibly generous and wonderful for our Film Trivia Night.

And last but definitely not least our FABULOUS caterers: Louise Davies, Bernadette Liston, Maria-Eleni Alesandre (who also cooked the props), and Kirsten Christian. 


Alison Tilson (script editing), Kim Yutani, Shari Greicar and the Outfest ScriptLab, Michele Mulroney, David Zak and The Great Gay Screenplay Competition. Sophie Clausen (all sorts), Jane Becker (storyboard), Clara Walton (graphic and web design), Adam Jennison (web site), Selina Rutovitz (graphic design), Justine Kerrigan (stills), Shaun Millar and Elaine Kwee (contracts),


on 9th Mar 2013 at 12:00am. The payment portal is closed now.
A$10 +A copy of Nadine (E's mother)'s favourite recipe
16 Chosen | Unlimited AvailableEst. delivery is December 2012
A$25 +A digital download of the film when it's released.
67 Chosen | Unlimited AvailableEst. delivery is July 2014
A$45 +FRAN KELLY’S FILM TRIVIA FUNDRAISER WITH A TWIST * Individual tickets $45 * Table of four $180 * Table of six $270 March 7th at 7.00 PM, Gingers, upstairs at the Oxford Hotel, 134 Oxford St, Darlinghurst, Sydney TO BUY TICKETS: change the pledge amount at top of page to any multiple of $45  for a table. Your tickets will be emailed to you.
23 Chosen | Unlimited AvailableEst. delivery is March 2013
A$50 +Signed collector's edition DVD of the film OR A double pass to a special screening and Q&A with the director OR A Girls' Own Pictures baseball cap (50 available only) OR A Girls' Own Pictures T-shirt (20 available only) Voucher for DVD and double pass delivered now by email. T shirt and baseball cap delivered March 2013.
100 Chosen | Unlimited AvailableEst. delivery is July 2014
A$100 +Signed collectors edition DVD of the film AND a double pass to a special screening and Q&A with the director AND a signed A3 poster or production still from the film. Voucher for DVD and double pass delivered now by email. Poster delivered March 2013.
126 Chosen | Unlimited AvailableEst. delivery is July 2014
A$500 +Signed collectors edition DVD of the film AND A signed working copy of the script OR An invitation to the wrap party
12 Chosen | 18 AvailableEst. delivery is June 2013
A$1000 +Visit the set, have your photograph taken with the actors and director, with a briefing from a member of the creative team. OR Attend a rough cut screening and discussion with the editor and director
7 Chosen | 9 AvailableEst. delivery is June 2013
A$2000 +An evening with the stars - dinner with the director and E or Matt
0 Chosen | 12 AvailableEst. delivery is July 2013
A$5000 +Your name featured in the film (3 only of these available).
2 Chosen | 1 AvailableEst. delivery is June 2013
A$5500 +E's matador costume from the film (1 only!)
0 Chosen | 1 AvailableEst. delivery is June 2013
A$10000 +An Associate Producer credit and an invitation to the premier and other events OR A cameo role in the film (2 available)
1 Chosen | 3 AvailableEst. delivery is July 2013
A$20000 +An Executive Producer credit and invitations to the premier and other events, and dinner with the director and the stars.
0 Chosen | 2 AvailableEst. delivery is March 2013