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
* AUT
* THE BROKENWOOD MYSTERIES

* HAMILTON OPERATIC SOCIETY
* HIGH ROAD
* INORGANIC
* NATIVE AFFAIRS
* OUR BIG BLUE BACKYARD
* SPARTACUS
* AN UNSEASONABLE FALL OF SHOW


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

27 July  Added Jennifer speaking at AUT to homepage

25 July  Added the name of Michael's Brokenwood Mysteries episode to homepage

23 July  Added Actors' Program Info Session and Equity Gratuate Day to homepage

22 July  Added link to Jennifer's profile on Native Affairs and Michael's interview on bFM to homepage

19 July  Added Jennifer's profile on Native Affairs to homepage

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

13 July  Added dates for Michael's Spartacus episodes airing on SyFy and Inorganic going to Badalona Film Festival to homepage

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

8 July  Added press release and new image for An Unseasonable Fall of Snow to homepage

7 July  Created The Man Whose Mother Was a Pirate page

3 July  Added descripton and new photo for Brokenwood Mysteries to homepage

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

25 June  Added An Unseasonable Fall of Snow, updated screening information for Inorganic at Galway Film Fleadh on homepage

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

14 June  Added link to last year's Global Bloomsday Gathering to homepage

5 June  Added link to Almighty Johnsons press release to homepage

1 June  Added Lost Hope to Future Projects

25 May  Added premiere date for The Almighty Johnsons on SyFy to homepage

16 May  Added The Jews Brothers' Bloomsday to homepage

2 May  Added CreationFest to Future Projects

19 April  Added The Brokenwood Mysteries to homepage

17 March  Updated Brel page with photos from 4 March performance at Great Hall, Auckland Town Hall; added Jennifer teaching Flying Solo masterclass at Hamilton Operatic Society to homepage

9 March  Added pic of Jennifer teaching for Hamilton Operatic Society 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

11 October  Added Almighty Johnsons season 3 dvd's to homepage

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 TO STAR IN AN UNSEASONABLE FALL OF SNOW

Michael will star alongside Ryan Richards in this play at The Basement, 29 July-9 August 2014.  Written by Gary Henderson and produced by Theatre of Love, with direction by Matt Baker, design by Ben Anderson, lighting design by Amber Molloy, and soundtrack by Ora Simpson.  Click here to book.

On 22 July, Michael was on bFM's My Morning Mixtape telling stories about favorite songs and talking about An Unseasonable Fall of Snow; listen online here.

From the press release:  "A compelling mystery, with an unforeseeable twist, that interrogates truth, consequences, and the ultimate value of human life.

New Zealand theatre hero Michael Hurst ... is the secretive and strategic interrogator Arthur ...

Hurst says, "I'm keen to be directed.  I love the process of exploration and to see how far we can go.  Theatre is in my blood ... I find I need to get back to the stage regularly or I go a bit mad'".


JENNIFER PROFILED ON NATIVE AFFAIRS

Jennifer was profiled on Native Affairs on 21 July 2014; watch online here.


JENNIFER WILL SPEAK TO AUT STUDENTS

Jennifer will speak to Communication Studies students at AUT on 6 August 2014.


THE ALMIGHTY JOHNSONS BEING SHOWN FRIDAY NIGHTS ON SYFY

The Almighty Johnsons was picked up by Syfy and had its US premiere on Friday 11 July.  Click here for press release.

Michael guest stars as Kvasir in episodes 2.1 and 2.11-2.13; click here for 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.

 


JENNIFER'S TEACHING

Jennifer taught her masterclass The Craft of Acting at Hamilton Operatic Society on 8-9 March 2014.  Click here for more pics.  She will return to Hamilton Operatic Society to teach her musical theatre masterclass, Flying Solo, on 2-3 August 2014.  Click here for info.


SPARTACUS: THE COMPLETE SERIES RELEASED ON BLU-RAY AND DVD

Starz has announced that the complete Spartacus series will be released as a box set, with extra content, on Blu-ray and dvd, on 16 September 2014. 

Click here for the press release.

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').

Spartacus is now being shown on SyFy in the US.  Three episodes that Michael directed have been scheduled so far:  'Shadow Games' (21 July), 'Whore' (21 August), and 'Revelations' (28 August).

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.


 

MICHAEL DIRECTED THE BROKENWOOD MYSTERIES

In May and June, Michael directed episode 1.03 "Playing the Lie" of these two-hour murder mysteries from South Pacific Pictures, to air on Prime.  "Set in a seemingly quiet country town where the newest resident, Senior Sergeant Mike Shepherd, finds that murder lurks in even the most homely location". 


Click here for NZ Herald article; click here for The Brokenwood Mysteries' Facebook page.


Fern Sutherland and Neill Rea star in The Brokenwood Mysteries
Click here for the complete cast list.


MICHAEL NARRATES OUR BIG BLUE BACKYARD

Michael narrated the 6 episode documentary series Our Big Blue Backyard, which is scheduled to air in November 2014.  The series explores six unique marine locations around New Zealand's coastlines.  Click here for info.


 

INORGANIC SHOWING AT FILM FESTIVALS

Short film Inorganic, a wickedly funny film reflecting the distorted values of a throw-away society, was shown at the Galway Film Fleadh in Galway, Ireland on 11 July 2014.  Michael plays Brett.

It is also an official selection at Badalona Film Festival in Badalona, Spain, 17-26 October 2014. 

Inorganic was also among the short films taken to Canne this year by the New Zealand Film Commission.

Click here for Inorganic on Facebook.

 


 

 

 

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