Julia Billington will play the co-lead in The Trouble with E, a road movie/romance from writer-director Louise Wadley.
Due to start shooting in Sydney and western NSW on November 18, the film will feature Adelaide actress Mandahla Rose as E, a beautiful, sexy DJ who stumbles on a stash of cash and is forced on the run into the Outback.
In her film debut, Billington will play Trish, E’s lover, with whom she has a messy break-up. “She is strong, full of conviction, humour, and also vulnerable. It's a beautiful cocktail to play,” says Julia of her character.
A NIDA graduate, Billington has numerous stage credits with companies including Bell Shakespeare, Sydney Theatre Company and the Darlinghurst Theatre. She received rave reviews for her portrayal in My Name is Rachel Corrie, a one-woman show documenting the tragically short life of the young peace activist.
The cast includes Brett Rodgers as Matt, E’s gay best friend who marries her to get a visa, Kim Antonia-Hayes as her mother Nadine and Simon Bolton as Johnny Rock, a villain who runs a nightclub as a front for peddling drugs.
It’s the first feature from Girls’ Own Pictures, a company formed by Wadley and her producing partner Jay Rutovitz.. The DoP is Justine Kerrigan, whose credits include Monkey Puzzle and Lost Things.
Warren Lynch is the post production colourist (he did The Lord of the Rings: Two Towers) and the sound post production will be handled by Audioloc’s John Dennison and Tony Vaccher, whose credits include Top of the Lake.
Wadley developed the project with the assistance of Outfest Los Angeles, which picked her screenplay for its mentoring program, tutored by US producer-director-writer Michele Mulroney, who wrote Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows.