JENNIFER TO HOST THE LAUNCH OF RANGATAHI PHILHARMONIA O TARA
Jennifer will host the concert/launch of Auckland's newest youth orchestra, on 7 October at 6:30 p.m. in the Great Hall of Auckland Town Hall. Click here for info. Entry by koha donation on the night. Tickets must be booked in advance; click here.
This event represents a milestone in New Zealand's Sistema story. These 60 children, aged 8 to 12 years, have been part of the Sistema Aotearoa programme for three or more years. Their hard work, enthusiasm, and musical ability has earned them a place in Rangatahi Philaharmonia o Tara, the flagship orchestra of Sistema Aotearoa.
STEP DAVE AIRING TUESDAYS 8:30 ON TV2
The second season of Step Dave is now showing on Tuesdays at 8:30 p.m. on TV2. Michael directed the final 2 episodes (12 and 13), which should air from mid-November. The show stars Sia Trokenheim, Jono Kenyon, Rawiri Jobe, Tanya Nolan, Aidee Walker, William Wallace, Tainui Tukiwaho, Lisa Harrow, Maya Wyatt, Lily Powell, and George Beca. Click here for info.
MICHAEL DIRECTING WESTSIDE
In October to December 2015, Michael is directing episodes 3, 4, 7 and 8 of the second season of Westside, the prequel of Outrageous Fortune, starring Antonia Prebble, David De Lautour, Dan Musgrove, and Esther Stephens.
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MICHAEL DIRECTED ASH VS. EVIL DEAD
Michael directed episodes 6 and 7 of new tv series Ash vs. Evil Dead in June 2015. Premiering on Halloween:
New Zealand – The Zone on Sky TV, 10 p.m. (click here)
US - STARZ, 9 p.m. (click here)
Australia - Stan streaming service (click here)
Canada – Super Channel (click here)
The show is executive produced by Sam Raimi, Rob Tapert, Bruce Campbell, and showrunner Craig DiGregorio, and stars Bruce Campbell, Lucy Lawless, Mimi Rogers, Jill Marie Jones, Ray Santiago, and Dana DeLorenzo. Australian streaming service Stan has announced that it has exclusive rights to the show in Australia, and that it will air on the same day that it is shown on STARZ!; click here for info.
This 10-episode first season is the long-awaited follow-up to the classic horror film franchise The Evil Dead. Bruce Campbell is reprising his role as Ash, the stock boy, aging lothario, and chainsaw-handed monster hunter who has spent the last 30 years avoiding reponsibility, maturity, and the terrors of the Evil Dead. When a Deadite plague threatens to destroy all of mankind, Ash is finally forced to face his demons – personal and literal. Destiny, it turns out, has no plans to release the unlikely hero from its "Evil" grip. Click here for more.
There was an Ash vs. Evil Dead panel at San Diego Comic-Con on 10 July 2015; watch it below:
JENNIFER TO SING WITH JUBILATION
Jennifer will sing with Jubilation a cappella gospel choir on 7 November, 7 p.m., at Q Theatre. Click here for info and to book.
WATCH TATAU ONLINE
Michael directed episodes 6 and 7 of 8-episode fantasy/drama series Tatau, produced by Touchpaper TV and South Pacific Pictures for BBC Three (UK) and BBC America (USA).
The series has finished its run in the UK (where it is now available on dvd), and is available on demand in the US through many cable companies and digital platforms (such as Amazon and iTunes). Click here to find out where you can watch it. In New Zealand, it is available on Neon.
Tatau was 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 was filmed September-December 2014, in The Cook Islands and New Zealand. See the show's Facebook page.
Tagata Pasifika did a behind-the-scenes story on the filming of Tatau on The Cook Islands, including scenes of Michael directing; watch it below.
JENNIFER AND MICHAEL GUEST STAR IN TERRY TEO
Jennifer plays Barbara Bertinelli in the third episode of Terry Teo, a revival of the classic Kiwi TV show, filmed early November 2014. Michael plays Cornelius Jones in one episode, filmed mid-December. The show will air on TV2.
Click here for info.