The Changeover (2019)

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Sixteen year-old Laura Chant (Erana James) lives with her mother and four-year-old brother Jacko (Benji Purchase) in a poor new suburb on the edge of a partially demolished Christchurch, New Zealand. Laura is drawn into a supernatural battle with an ancient spirit who attacks Jacko and slowly drains the life out of him as the spirit becomes ever younger. Laura discovers her true identity and the supernatural ability within her, and must harness it to save her brother's life.

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Cast

Timothy Spall
as Carmody Braque
Melanie Lynskey
as Kate Chant
Lucy Lawless
as Miryam Carlisle
Nicholas Galitzine
as Sorenson Carlisle
Erana James
as Laura Chant
Kate Harcourt
as Winter Carlisle
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All Critics (6)

The tension is kept high throughout and James makes an impressive debut while Spall gives a nightmare-inducing performance as the sinister Carmody Braque.

Sep 7, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

This is an old story which has appealed to young readers in Australia and New Zealand for many decades, retold here with an urgency and poignancy of immediate relevance to viewers all over the world.

Aug 27, 2018 | Full Review…

It's not as dynamic as the bond between siblings, but it does offer a gothic-fantasy love element that will keep tween girls engaged.

Aug 23, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Despite a low budget, McKenzie and co-director Miranda Harcourt have managed to produce a film that looks terrific, if rather subdued and grey, and the performances across the board are excellent.

Aug 17, 2018 | Rating: 6/10 | Full Review…

With top-notch sound design, music well-chosen for a teen audience and, most importantly, really sharp acting from all involved, The Changeover is a worthy addition to the cinematic YA genre which can proudly boast a local edge.

Oct 4, 2017 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

... The Changeover offers the rare sight of a fantasy that feels both distinctly Kiwi and contemporary and that's something to be celebrated and cherished.

Sep 28, 2017 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

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