MICHAEL DIRECTING 800 WORDS
Michael is now directing episodes 3.11 and 3.12 of 800 Words, mid-June through mid-July 2017. He previously directed episodes 3.3 and 3.4.
Season 2 is now available on dvd in Australia and New Zealand. Michael directed episodes 2.3, 2.4, 2.9, 2.10, 2.13 and 2.14.
800 Words is produced by South Pacific Pictures/Seven Productions. It stars Erik Thomson, Melina Vidler, and Benson Jack Anthony. Click here for info.
SEASON 3 OF WESTSIDE COMING TO TV3
Michael directed episodes 3, 4, 7, and 8 of the third season of Westside, from late October 2016 through early February 2017. The season will premiere on 10 July 2017.
TV3 is currently re-showing season 2 late Sunday nights – times vary. Michael directed episodes 2.3 (21 May), 2.4 (28 May), 2.7 (18 June), and 2.8 (25 June). Season 2 of Westside was released on dvd 18 August 2016.
JENNIFER TAKING FALLING IN LOVE AGAIN TO AUSTRALIA
Jennifer will be taking her Marlene Dietrich cabaret Falling in Love Again to Queensland, Australia.
On 28 July 2017, she will perform in the Noosa Alive! festival at Noosa Heads, Queensland (click here for info and to book), and on 1 August 2017, in the Australian Festival of Chamber Music in Townsville, North Queensland (click here for info and to book).
On 9 September 2017, she brings the show back to Auckland, performing at Uxbridge Theatre in Howick (click here for info and to book).
Jennifer pays tribute to the iconic Marlene Dietrich with songs by Cole Porter, Edith Piaf, Frederic Hollander and Pete Seeger. Beautifully lit and featuring an exquisite recreation of one of Dietrich's famous gowns, this critically acclaimed cabaret show vividly captures Dietrich's timeless style and glamour. With Grant Winterburn on piano and Aaron Coddel on bass.
"Ward-Lealand is Marlene in gesture, mood and movement - masterfully capturing her alluring and seductive personality from stage and screen. ... Ward-Lealand's ability to use Dietrich's distinctive and unusual phrasing was magical to listen to ... This show is a stunningly good piece of sophisticated cabaret, hughly rewarding and enjoyable". (Capitol Times)
Click here for additional reviews and more about the show.
800 WORDS AVAILABLE ON ACORN TV IN THE US AND CANADA
The first 2 seasons of 800 Words are now available on Acorn TV. Click here for Acorn TV.
MICHAEL TALKS CLASSICS
Michael talks about staging Greek drama in New Zealand in this interview with Classical World New Zealand:
3 July 2017, The Craft of Acting for
Equity New Zealand, Christchurch
4 July 2017,
Flying Solo for NASDA, Christchurch
16 July 2017, The Craft of Acting for
Equity New Zealand, Auckland
7-10 August 2017, Flying Solo for The Actors' Program
August 2017, tutor at Musical Theatre New Zealand Boot Camp, Cambridge
27 September 2017, visiting vocal coach, University of Canterbury School of Music, Christchurch
4 October 2017, workshop for New Zealand Secondary Schools Choir, Christchurch
JENNIFER STARS IN VERMILION
Jennifer plays Darcy in feature film Vermilion, which completed filming on 10 April 2017. It also stars Theresa Healey, Goretti Chadwick, Peter Feeney, and Emily Campbell (and a cameo by Michael Hurst!) It is written and directed by Dorthe Scheffmann and produced by Michele Fantl.
Vermilion tells the story of a group of women who are close to each other – mothers, daughters, friends and neighbors. Some of their relationships are good and some are broken. The events of one summer month changes their lives forever.
Click here for the NZ Film Commission's press release on Vermilion.