The Changeover is a supernatural coming of age thriller based on the young adult novel by Margaret Mahy.  The Changeover, set in an earthquake ravaged Christchurch, is about a troubled teenager who must change over and become a witch in order to save her little brother from an ancient spirit.

Laura loses her little brother 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.

Feature Film
Young Adult
Live action with visual effects
Produced by Firefly Films
Pukeko Pictures serves as Production partner along with Park Road Post Production and the Christchurch City Council
Radiant Films International and Vendetta Films will distribute the film globally


The Changeover is produced by Emma Slade from Firefly Films with investment from the New Zealand Film Commission, private investors and the New Zealand Screen Production Grant. Financing is in association with Fulcrum Media Finance. Production partners include Park Road Post Production, Pukeko Pictures and the Christchurch City Council. Radiant Films International, based in Los Angeles, will sell the film globally (outside of Australia and NZ) with Vendetta Films distributing the film locally with a release date of late 2017.


The Changeover features a stellar international and local cast including Timothy Spall (Harry Potter, The King’s Speech), Nick Galitzine (High Strung, The Beat Beneath my Feet), Melanie Lynskey (Heavenly Creatures, Two and a Half Men), Lucy Lawless (Xena, Ash vs Evil Dead), Dame Kate Harcourt (Hope and Wire, Separation City), newcomers Erana James and Benji Purchase.
The Changeover is directed by husband and wife creative duo Stuart McKenzie and Miranda Harcourt. A formidable partnership, Stuart and Miranda have years of film, theatre and TV behind them. It is Stuart who has adapted Margaret Mahy’s classic teen novel from page to screen and Miranda most recently was acting coach on a number of high profile international films including the blockbuster Lion. The duo is thrilled to be bringing this fantastic story to the big screen.
The film has been shot entirely on location in and around the Christchurch CBD. Harcourt and McKenzie describe the city as a pivotal character in the feature and is quick to praise the city for its warm welcome to the cast and crew. The Changeover is produced by Emma Slade with Pukeko Pictures’ Angela Littlejohn serving as an Executive Producer.

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