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

* 800 WORDS
* THE ACTORS' PROGRAM
* AUCKWARD LOVE
* DIRTY LAUNDRY

* HIGH ROAD
* LOST HOPE
* MANA MAGAZINE
* MEDIA TAKE
* PATH OF EXILE
* RNZ NATIONAL INTERVIEW
* TEACHING
* TERRY TEO
* WESTSIDE


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

15 July  Added Michael's Westside podcast and Terry Teo review to homepage

28 June  Added Terry Teo trailer and release date to homepage

25 June  Added dates for Michael's episodes of Westside and Michael's RNZ interview to homepage

15 June  Added Media Take and Mana magazine to homepage

6 June  Added Michael directing additional episodes of 800 Words, Michael in High Road, Westside premiere date, Michael performing in Bloomsday, Jennifer in Auckward Love, Jennifer in Mannbannd, Michael directing The Actors' Program short film, and Jennifer's teaching to homepage

16 May   Added Theatreview and Dominion Post reviews of King Lear to homepage

21 April  Added Dirty Laundry trailer and links to King Lear interview and rehearsal photos to homepage

8 March  Added King Lear cast to homepage

9 February  Added Dirty Laundry to homepage

26 January  Added Michael directing 800 Words, Lost Hope Kickstarter video to homepage; added 800 Words to Future Projects

4 January  Added King Lear to homepage

26 December  Added Path of Exile: Ascendancy to homepage

19 December  Added Michael directing King Lear to Future Projects

13 September  Added Westside to homepage

31 August  Created Oz Comic-Con page

30 August  Created An Evening with Alan Cumming (video) page and Equity Green Room: Sex & Nudity on Stage and Screen: What is Right and How to Empower Yourself (video) page

29 August  Added Michael directing Westside to Future Projects

27 March  Created The Lady Killers page

24 January  Created Our Big Blue Backyard page and Undercover Rescue page

9 November  Added Michael guest starring in Terry Teo to homepage

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.

 


WESTSIDE NOW AIRING ON TV3

Season 2 of Westside is airing Sundays at 8:30 p.m. on TV3.  Click here to livestream or catch-up online.

Michael directed episodes 2.3 (26 June), 2.4 (3 July), 2.7 (24 July) and 2.8 (31 July).  Westside stars Antonia Prebble, David De Lautour, Dan Musgrove, and Esther Stephens.

Michael did a really interesting Westside podcast in which he talks about how tv is made, how he directs, and how he works with actors – with mentions of Hercules, Spartacus, Step Dave, 800 Words, The Actors' Program – and Ben Hur!

He also talks about his own involvement with Artists Against Apartheid and his participation in the protests against the 1981 Springboks tour, as depicted in episode 4 of Westside.  Click here to listen.


JENNIFER AND MICHAEL GUEST STAR ON TERRY TEO

Jennifer plays Barbara Bertinelli in the third episode of Terry Teo, a revival of the classic Kiwi TV show.  Michael plays Cornelius Jones in the fourth episode.

They will be available on TVNZ On Demand beginning Tuesday 19 July 2016, and will be shown on TV2 later in the year.  The first two episodes are available from 12 July; click here to watch.

Review:  "Terry Teo is an effortless reboot that's perfectly pitched for its modern audience and the old-school fans.  It pulls off the neat trick of being both familiar and new.  It's a winner".

 


MICHAEL DIRECTING 800 WORDS

Michael is currently directing 2.13 and 2.14 of 800 Words.  He has already completed episodes 2.3, 2.4, 2.9 and 2.10. 

800 Words is produced by South Pacific Pictures/Seven Productions.  It stars Erik Thomson, Melina Vidler, and Benso Jack Anthony.  Click here for info.


MICHAEL'S INTERVIEW ON RNZ NATIONAL

Michael did a really interesting interview on RNZ National on 23 June 2016 in which he talks about his training as an actor at Theatre Corporate, and the kind of actor training that doesn't much happen anymore.  Click here to listen online.

He also briefly mentions that he'll be doing No Holds Bard later this year, although I believe he was mistaken in saying he's doing it in Titirangi in November.  Unless something has very recently changed, he'll be doing it there in September.  More on that once all is confirmed.


 

JENNIFER ON MEDIA TAKE

Jennifer was a guest on Media Take on 14 June 2016 (click here to watch it online; her segment begins at 18:40).

She talks about her journey of learning Te Reo Maori, which led to her being featured in an article and cover of the June/July 2016 issue of Mana magazine (click here for information, including how to purchase).


JENNIFER'S TEACHING

Jennifer will teach several workshops in coming months:

6-7 August 2016: The Craft of Acting, Howick Little Theatre; click here for info
20-21 August 2016: Flying Solo, Music Theatre New Zealand; click here for into


MICHAEL DIRECTING SHORT FILM FOR THE ACTORS' PROGRAM

Michael will direct The Actors' Program short film for 2016 on 6-10 September 2016.  Details to be announced.


JENNIFER IS DONNA RAFFERTY IN DIRTY LAUNDRY

Jennifer is heading up the cast of the new drama series Dirty Laundry, which was filmed in early 2016, to air on TVOne later this year.  Tai Berdinner-Blades, Tim Carlsen, and Victoria MacCulloch are playing her children.

From the New Zealand Herald:

"In the series, Ward-Lealand's character Donna has been channelling ill-gotten gains through various busniesses for years, but when the police cart her off to the slammer, the revelation mum is a doyenne of crime comes as a complete surprise to her family.

"The shell-shocked Raffertys are left to fend for themselves and face the possibility they can't afford their comfortable middle-class lifestyle".

Watch an early trailer below:

 

Click here for the whole article.


 

JENNIFER IN AUCKWARD LOVE

Jennifer will play Barbara in episodes 2.1 and 2.5 of webseries Auckward Love, filmed in early June 2016.

Click here for info and to watch season 1.


MICHAEL IN HIGH ROAD

In May Michael did a guest role for the third season of High Road web series.  Click here for info and to watch the first two seasons.


MICHAEL VOICES CAPTAIN REINER IN LOST HOPE

Michael is the voice of Captain Reiner in animated sci-fi comedy Lost Hope.  The series is in development.  Click here for more about Lost Hope. 


MICHAEL VOICES EMPEROR IZARO IN PATH OF EXILE VIDEO GAME

Michael is the voice of Emperor Izaro in the Path of Exile: Ascendancy expansion pack to be released in March 2016.  "Entombed in his own creation, Emperor Izaro lives on. With eternal patience, he is waiting for his invitation to be answered".  Learn more here; click here to begin playing Path of Exile.

 


 

 

 

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