Changing Places

A feature film screenplay based on the best selling book by David Lodge, screenplay by Peter Nichols.

Co-production with Ariel Productions.


When Philip Swallow and Professor Morris Zapp participate in their universities' Anglo-American exchange scheme the Fates play a hand and each academic finds himself enmeshed in the life of his counterpart on the opposite side of the Atlantic. Nobody is immune to the exchange: students, colleagues, even wives are swapped as events spiral out of control. And soon both sun-drenched Euphoric State University and the rain kissed University of Rummidge are a hotbed of intrigue, lawlessness and broken vows.

Changing Places is a funny and wise tale of academic ill-manners - David Lodge at his comic best.

Book reviews

In a foreword to the French translation of Changing Places, Umberto Eco described it as the funniest novel of the 20th Century. June 12, 2001
"A Magnificent Comic Novel." - The Guardian
"Three Star rating for a laugh a line." - Evening Standard
"Not since lucky Jim has such a funny book about academic life come my way." - Sunday Times

About the screenwriter

Peter Nichols is one of the UK's most experienced and respected dramatists. His play A Day In The Death Of Joe Egg has recently been revived on Broadway and received four Tony nominations, including one for best revival. The play previously won two Tony awards when it appeared on Broadway in 1985. His feature film credits span several decades including the seminal film Georgy Girl (1965), A Day in the Death of Joe Egg (1972), National Health (1973), Privates on Parade (1982). His TV credits include a variety of single dramas for BBC and Granada including early episodes of Inspector Morse (1987) for ITV.


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