“Lovingly retains Mahy's mix of empowered young people and seemingly mundane malevolence … a fantasy that feels both distinctly Kiwi and contemporary”
James Croot, Stuff
The Changeover is a supernatural thriller based on the acclaimed novel by Maraget Mahy. It tells the story of Laura, who loses her little brother Jacko in earthquake-scarred Christchurch. A decrepit old man marks the child’s hand with a noxious stamp. Jacko sickens quickly while the man grows younger. The doctors insist Jacko needs a bone marrow transplant — and Laura is the only donor. But Laura becomes convinced a mysterious older boy can help her “change over” and become a witch, defeating the evil spirit sucking the life out of her brother.
Director: Miranda Harcourt and Stuart McKenzie
Producers: Emma Slade, Stuart McKenzie, Miranda Harcourt
Screenwriters: Stuart McKenzie
Cast: Timothy Spall, Melanie Lynskey, Lucy Lawless, Nicholas Galitzine, Erana James
Distributor: Vendetta Films Ltd.
International Sales: Radiant Films International
Festivals: Rome Film Festival, Sydney International Film Festival, Imagine Film Festival, Amsterdam, Cleveland International Film Festival, Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival, BUFF International Film Festival, Malmö
Genre: Family, Science Fiction/Fantasy
Running Time: 95 mins