Australian writer and director Louise Wadley brings us All About E, a story about an Arabic-Australian woman and her efforts to figure out her life. This effort includes losing love because of being closeted to her family, having lots of sex as a very cool DJ, absconding with a bag of money for a long road trip from Sydney to Wollongong, and finding love again.
Mandahla Rose plays E. When we first meet her, she’s dressed like a matador having sex with a woman in a bathroom stall. She’s a popular DJ and the matador getup is part of her act. Her best friend, a gay Irishman, Matt (Brett Rogers) is designing an Arabian Knights setting for her to DJ in, but her boss Johnny (Simon Bolton) won’t let her do it. Nor will he let her DJ at another club.
Next morning, E and Matt wake up at home with a bulging bag of cash. They don’t know where it came from or how they got it, but E wants to keep it. Matt wants to report it to the police.
E wins. They run with the money. The money is Johnny’s and he really, really needs it back.
Everywhere they go to hide out, they are turned away. Many comic moments happen on the road trip. The best part of the long road trip are E’s memories of her past life. She’s a brilliant clarinet player who thinks Mozart is God, but she quit her university to be a DJ when she failed an exam. She had a relationship with Trish (Julia Billington) that she lost because she was closeted to her family. Next to Mozart, Trish was the best thing in her life and she has lovely memories of their time together.
Out of desperation, E and Matt go to E’s parents. Her mother Nadine (Kim Antonios Hayes) regrets giving up her singing career. Her mother criticizes every single thing about E. Her father Joseph (Lex Marinos) is a little more laid back – perhaps due to the liberal amount of liquor he consumes.
They learn Johnny is on the way and run again. He keeps figuring out where they are. He really wants that money back.
They decide to go to Melbourne, but E grabs a right while Matt’s asleep and drives to Trish’s place. Trish is trying to salvage a sheep ranch in the midst of a 10 year drought and is going broke. She reluctantly agrees to let E and Matt stay a night or two.
We’ve know all along that E loves Trish because of her frequent daydreams and memories about her. Trish still loves E, even though she was hurt by her and doesn’t want to go through anything like that again.
Love wins. They cannot stay away from each other. Another spoiler alert: there is a long, nude love scene right about here in the story.
Johnny finds out about Trish and they have to run again. There are lengthy hikes, guns, poisoned meat, airplanes, knives to the throat and sleeping bags involved this time.
I don’t want to tell you how it all turns out in the end. The spoilers are over. You’ll have to watch it yourself to find out.
All About E is available from Netflix, YouTube, and Amazon video. It was released in 2015.