Michael Hurst Now.com

This website was created to showcase the post-Hercules career of New Zealand actor and director, Michael Hurst.  We will also announce the professional activities of Michael's wife, Jennifer Ward-Lealand . . . More


HOMEPAGE / CURRENT PROJECTS INDEX

* THE ALMIGHTY JOHNSONS
* BREL
* HIGH ROAD
* INORGANIC

* A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM
* NEW ZEALAND SINGING SCHOOL

* OUR BIG BLUE BACKYARD
* SPARTACUS

* TATAU
* WEEKEND HERALD PROFILE
* WHITECLIFFE FASHION SHOW
* ZONTA CLUB


Look beyond the homepage--use the links below to explore Michael's career:

ALPHABETICAL INDEX       RECENT PROJECTS         FUTURE PROJECTS

MICHAEL ON TV IN THE 80'S: NEW ZEALAND ONSCREEN

RADIO INTERVIEWS            WHAT'S AVAILABLE ON DVD

 


Photo: Tracey Stevens


  

WHAT'S NEW ON THE SITE?


Jennifer and Michael are the Patrons of Q Theatre;
seen here at One Night with Q, 7 June 2012.


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WHAT'S NEW ON THE SITE

22 October  Created Generation of Z/Zombie: Red Zone page

21 October  Added link to the press release for Our Big Blue Backyard to homepage

19 October  Added Zonta Club and Whitecliffe Fashion Show to homepage

17 October  Added Brel on RadioNZ Concert, the plot outline of Tatau, and The Almighty Johnsons returning to SyFy in the US and the release of the first season on region 1 dvd to homepage

13 October  Added airing information for The Almighty Johnsons in the US to homepage

3 October  Added Michael profiled in Weekend Herald to homepage

2 October  Created Trees Beneath the Lake page

30 September  Added Michael and Jennifer going to Xena convention to Future Projects

28 September  Added the cast of Tatau to homepage

27 September  Added release date for dvd/Blu-ray of The Almighty Johnsons in the US to homepage

19 September  Updated Michael's Spartacus eps airing on SyFy on homepage

14 September  Added Tatau and A Midsummer Night's Dream to homepage

7 September  Updated The Almighty Johnsons on SyFy on homepage

6 September  Added Tatau to Future Projects

31 August  Added Jennifer teaching at New Zealand Singing School to homepage

11 August  Created An Unseasaonable Fall of Snow page

15 July  Added A Midsummer Night's Dream to Future Projects

13 July  Added dates for Michael's Spartacus episodes airing on SyFy to homepage

10 July  Added Blu-ray and dvd release info for Spartacus: The Complete Series to homepage

7 July  Created The Man Whose Mother Was a Pirate page

27 June  Added video snippets of the play to King Lear page

24 June  Created Swept Away by the Romantics page

23 June  Created Luncheon and Jews Brothers Bloomsday pages

22 June  Created Creative Mornings page

20 June  Added High Road to homepage

5 June  Added link to Almighty Johnsons press release to homepage

1 June  Added Lost Hope to Future Projects

17 March  Updated Brel page with photos from 4 March performance at Great Hall, Auckland Town Hal to homepage

5 March  Updated Brel page with 2014 reviews and video interview with Jennifer and Julia

29 December  Added Gather and Hunt review of King Lear to King Lear page

21 October  Added Nelson Mail and Theatreview reviews of Brel in Nelson to Brel page

30 September  Created Spartacus: War of the Damned 'Decimation' page, with screen caps, cast list, etc.

10 September  Created Spartacus Overview page, summarizing Michael's contributions to Starz' Spartacus series (with links to individual episode pages)

 

 

 



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This is not an official site, but we will keep it current with news of Michael's professional activities, as well as an archive of his projects.  We will also announce the professional activities of Michael's wife, Jennifer Ward-Lealand; see her official site for more on her career.

See also:  Michael's curriculum vitae on his official website: www.michaelhurst.co.nz and his listing on IMDB.  Michael is represented by Johnson & Laird Management.

 

MICHAEL DIRECTING TATAU

Michael is directing episodes 6 and 7 of the new 8-episode fantasy drama series Tatau, produced by Touchpaper TV and South Pacific Pictures for BBC Three (UK) and BBC America (USA).  It is written by Richard Zajdlic and stars Joe Layton and Theo Barklem-Biggs, with Barry Atsma, Shushila Takao, Cian Elyse White, Tai Berdinner-Blades, Temuera Morrison, Alex Tarrant, Rawiri Jobe, Kirk Torrance and Rangimoana Taylor.  It is being filmed September-November 2014, in The Cook Islands and New Zealand, for airing in 2015.


Rarotonga selfie

From the show's Facebook page:

"Kyle is unsettled when local people react to his tattoo: it clearly has a significance that he is entirely unaware of.   It’s like he’s been marked out for something – but what?

"Later, while snorkelling in a lagoon, Kyle finds the body of a local girl, Aumea, tied up underwater – dead.  Returning to the lagoon with the police, Kyle finds her corpse has disappeared.  Budgie wonders if his best friend is going mad – he’s imagining things. But Kyle knows what he saw.  And he’s also beginning to realise that he has a gift – or a curse: the murder he’s witnessed isn’t something that has happened, it’s something that will happen in the future.

"Kyle and Budgie find themselves sucked into a desperate race to prevent Aumea’s murder, as Kyle learns that his gifts don’t stop at prophecy… and the full meaning of his tattoo is revealed".

Click here for a BBC press release (25 September 2014) on Tatau.


MICHAEL PROFILED IN THE WEEKEND HERALD

Michael is profiled in an excellent interview article, 'Swords, sandals & Shakespeare: The making of Michael Hurst', in the Weekend Herald's Canvas magazine, 4 October 2014.

It's a wide-ranging interview that begins when he was 4, covers his move to New Zealand, getting into theatre, meeting and marrying Jennifer, their kids, and the progression of his professional career including his apprenticeship at Court Theatre, move to Auckland and Theatre Corporate, not being cast in Gloss, attaining international recognition with Hercules, and where he's at now.

Click here to read online.

Excerpt:  "He mentions he's due a break, which is fair enough given his workload, but his idea of a break is three months of total solitude, 'somewhere like Iceland or Finland'.  But until that can be organized he plans to give himself a few days alone on Waiheke as a birthday present.  Not as a holiday, mind you.  He's got a script to knock into shape and the works of German philosopher Martin Heidegger to finish getting his head around.

"This drive to constantly do something has brought Hurst to an interesting place.  If he isn't as flat-out busy as he was in his 20s and 30s - despite racking up five plays so far this year - he has broadened his career to the point where he's able to appear on stage at the same time as the episodes he directed of Prime's Brokenwood Mysteries are screening on television.  His dance card is already filled all the way to next July".


MICHAEL DIRECTS A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM

Michael is directing A Midsummer Night's Dream for University of Auckland Summer Shakespeare, to be performed 13 February-7 March 2015 on the Old Arts Plaza on the University of Auckland campus.  With associate director Tom Bishop and producer Natalie Beran.

Michael is the Chair of the trust for AUSA Summer Shakespeare. 

 

On 14 September 2014, the cast did a first read-through of the play.  Rehearsal workshops will begin in November 2014.


SPARTACUS AIRING ON SYFY IN THE US; SPARTACUS: THE COMPLETE SERIES RELEASED ON BLU-RAY AND DVD

Spartacus is being shown on SyFy in the US.  Upcoming episodes that Michael was involved with are:

Spartacus: Vengeance, ep. 9, 'Monsters' on 30 October (Michael has a brief cameo as a Roman soldier)

Spartacus: Vengeance, ep. 4, 'Decimation' on 13 November (Michael directed)

Spartacus: The Complete Series was released as a box set, with extra content, on Blu-ray and dvd, on 16 September 2014. 

Michael directed 3 episodes of Spartacus: Blood and Sand ('Shadow Games,' 'Whore,' 'Revelations'), one of Spartacus: Gods of the Arena ('Paterfamilias'), two of Spartacus: Vengeance ('Fugitivus,' 'Chosen Path') and two of Spartacus: War of the Damned ('Decimation,' "The Dead and the Dying').

THE ALMIGHTY JOHNSONS ON SYFY


The Almighty Johnsons
had its US premiere on Syfy on Friday 11 July. 

It's on hiatus now that they've finished airing the first season, but according to SyFy's website, it will return 5 November 2014 and will air Wednesday and Thursday nights at 11 p.m.  Michael guest stars as Kvasir (left) in episodes 2.1 and 2.11-2.13; click here for more screen caps.

Jennifer plays Michele's mother Karen in episode 3.4-3.6, and Michael directed episodes 3.7 and 3.8.  Click here for more info on the show.

Season 1 (unedited) is now available in the US on DVD and Blu-ray.  Read the press release.


MICHAEL NARRATES OUR BIG BLUE BACKYARD

Michael narrated the 6 episode documentary series Our Big Blue Backyard, which is scheduled to premiere on TVOne on Sunday 2 November 2014 at 7:30 p.m.  The series explores six unique marine locations around New Zealand's coastlines.  Click here for press release; click here for the show's Facebook page.


JENNIFER TO BE ZONTA AWARD PRESENTER

Jennifer will be an award presenter at Zonta Club of East Auckland's Annual Awards Evening on Friday 31 October 2014 ar The Lounge in Howick.  Click here for info and to book.


JENNIFER TO HOST WHITECLIFFE FASHION SHOW

Jennifer will host the Whitecliffe Fashion Show for Whitecliffe College of Art & Design, Saturday 22 November 2014 at 6 p.m. at the Viaduct Events Centre, Auckland.





BREL ON RADIONZ CONCERT

Michael directed Brel for Silo Theatre (featuring, below, Tama Waipara, Jennifer Ward-Lealand, Julia Deans and Jon Toogood), which was performed in Auckland Town Hall Concert Chamber 1-24 November 2012.  In 2013, it toured to festivals around New Zealand, followed by a week at the New Zealand Festival in February 2014, and a triumphant return to Auckland for a 'One Night State' in the Great Hall of Auckland Town Hall on 4 March 2014.

RadioNZ recorded the 'One Night Stand' and will play it on RadioNZ Concert on theevening of 2 December 2014.


JENNIFER TO TEACH AT NZ SINGING SCHOOL

Jennifer will teach her masterclass 'Flying Solo' at New Zealand Singing School, 7-17 January 2015, EIT Campus, Hawke's Bay. 

Click here for info.


JENNIFER GUEST STARS IN HIGH ROAD

Jennifer will have a guest role in episodes 2.5 and 2.7 of High Road (web series), filmed in July 2014.  Filmed in Piha, High Road is about retired progressive rocker Terry Huffer trying to change his life.  He decides to start a local radio station in Piha to support the community.  Turns out the community sees it differently.

Written and directed by Justin Harwood, starring Mark Mitchison, Peter Muller, and Danielle Mason.

Click here for the show's Facebook page; watch the first season below.


 

 

 

 

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