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Mahy Story for Prestigious International Film Market

Margaret Mahy Story Selected for Prestigious International Film Market

The New Zealand Film Commission congratulates The Changeover on being selected for the prestigious No Borders International Co-Production Market during next week’s Independent Film Week in New York.

The market provides an opportunity for pitching ideas to the market, with the hope of securing financial partners.

The Changeover is an adaptation of Margaret Mahy’s young adult novel of the same name. It is an international classic of the genre and has never been out of print in the US and Britain since first publication in 1984.

It’s a coming-of-age romance about a troubled suburban teenager, who must destroy an ancient spirit sucking the life out of her little brother.

The Changeover is written, directed and co-produced by Stuart McKenzie, produced by Angela Littlejohn and co-produced by Miranda Harcourt who will also work as the acting coach.

“We and the filmmakers are excited about The Changeover’s ability to speak to young adults. It builds on our commitment to supporting world-class feature films for families,” says NZFC Development Executive Katherine Fry. “The imaginative world of the script is wonderfully evoked, and we are confident of its potential to captivate a wide audience.”

The NZFC invested in the script development of this project and has recently supported Stuart McKenzie to undertake a directing internship with Jane Campion on Top of the Lakes. The NZFC is also supporting Angela Littlejohn and Stuart McKenzie to travel to New York.

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