Spooky trailer released for The Changeover

Posted Monday 10 Jul 2017


The spine-tingling debut trailer for the supernatural young adult film The Changeover is doing the rounds, and it has us on tenterhooks already - co-director Miranda Harcourt and her team have created something special.(Watch the trailer here.)

The film will hit Kiwi cinemas on Sept 28 2017. Based on the timeless young adult novel penned by iconic Kiwi writer Margaret Mahy, The Changeover, which is set in post-earthquake Christchurch, tells the story of troubled teenage Laura Chant (Erana James) who must 'change over' and become a witch in order to save her little brother Jacko (Benji Purchase) from an evil ancient spirit (Timothy Spall).

Shot entirely on location in Christchurch, The Changeover brings together a world class cast including Timothy Spall (Mr Turner, Harry Potter), Melanie Lynskey (Two and a Half Men, Heavenly Creatures), Lucy Lawless (Xena, Ash vs Evil Dead) Nicholas Galitzine (Handsome Devil, High Strung) and Dame Kate Harcourt (Second Hand Wedding, Separation City) as well as newcomer Erana James (Ngati Whatau Orakei, Waikato Tainui) as the film's lead Laura Chant and Benji Purchase (Ngati Tuwharetoa) as Jacko Chant. The film was directed by Miranda Harcourt and Stuart McKenzie, with McKenzie also responsible for the film's screenplay.

The Changeover was 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 has been in association with Fulcrum Media Finance. Production partners include Park Road Post Production, Pukeko Pictures and the Christchurch City Council. Vendetta Films will distribute the film across New Zealand and Australia.

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Video slot: Irene Gardiner on producing and commissioning TV

Posted Monday 10 Jul 2017

Irene Gardiner

Producer Irene Gardiner has had a long career in television, including roles at TVNZ as head of the Production Unit, and Commissioning Editor. She is also a media commentator, and spent seven years as NZ On Screen's Content Director.

NZ On Screen has just uploaded their new ScreenTalk interview with Irene Gardiner. It's just seven minutes long and is a whistle-stop tour through fascinating decades of NZ TV.

In the interview, Irene speaks about:

� Meeting legendary musicians while working on Radio with Pictures and Ready to Roll
� Producing her first show 3:45 LIVE!, with the talented Phil Keoghan and Hinemoa Elder
� How Newsnight was initially the media's whipping boy
� The challenge and rewards of heading TVNZ's Production Unit
� Why Mucking In was one of her favourite shows
� Why she found commissioning a tough job
� Feeling proud of her time at NZ On Screen
� Being incredibly lucky to have "stumbled" into producing, and her thoughts about the future

Watch the video here.