Changing of The Guards
Roger is 69 years old. He has been a security guard for 29 years and never been robbed. Being a widower, Roger lives and breathes for his job, but he is being forced to retire. Ironically, his last day is on Christmas Eve. Will Roger survive the day with his pride intact and will he keep his unbroken record?
The film is set all in one day, from preparing for the days work in the morning to doing pick-ups throughout the day with his young partner, Tana. On their way back from the long haul to rural Whangarei the van breaks down and they are left stranded on a petrol station in the middle of nowhere. It doesn’t take long before some dodgy characters arrive.
Director’s Notes - Joseph Lee
“Changing of the Guards is a film that that is classic in its construction and contemporary in his characterization. It is a pleasure me for to write a film about a 69 year old man and to see that story come to life. At every stage of development, both pre and post production, I felt like the story began to form into something unique and very special. The themes of "pride of man" versus the "place of heart" are very important to me and to find a character to express these themes and interweave them into a story that is captivating for an audience is a delight. Roger and Tana, two Eversafe officers on Christmas Eve are such an unlikely couple. But this "unlikeliless" is something about the film I hope will capture both the hearts and minds of everyone who watches the film. In the same way that it doesn't profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul, Roger is left with the question, "how does it profit a man if he keeps his pride intact, but loses his heart." I hope you will ask the same question at the end of the film.”