This one is a chat with Stuart McKenzie. He’s a writer, producer, director, actor – he’s worked extensively across theatre and film, creating plays and short films, directing the full-length feature, For Good and his most recent (shared) project is The Changeover – an adaptation of the Margaret Mahy novel that is in NZ theatres right now. He wrote the script and co-directed the film with his partner in life and work, Miranda Harcourt (she was an earlier guest on the podcast). Miranda and I talked a bit about The Changeover, but Stuart and I talked a lot more about it because it was a) finished and b) I’d even seen it. Fabulous movie – a must-see!
But we also talked about his earlier life and work – a fascination with religious studies, his version of how he and Miranda met (her version being a part of the conversation I had with her for the podcast) and the story of the movie For Good and some of the controversy and baggage it acquired post-release.
We then discussed the making of The Changeover and the many important elements – the score, the source music, the acting – these wonderful performances from an international cast comprised of acting legends and newcomers.
I met Stuart many years ago when he agreed to have a coffee with me and talk about writing. He has been quite an influence on me – something he probably didn’t know at all until I got the chance to tell him at the start and end of this conversation. We’ve met a few times over the years since then and corresponded a bit – but it was certainly a great pleasure to have this conversation. And I hope you’ll enjoy it too.
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