MICHAEL DIRECTING 800 WORDS
Michael is now directing episodes 11 and 12 of 800 Words, mid-June through mid-July2017. He previously directed episodes 3.3 and 3.4.
Season 2 is now available on dvd in Australia and New Zealand. Michael also 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.
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.
MICHAEL DIRECTED WESTSIDE
Michael directed episodes 3, 4, 7, and 8 of the third season of Westside, from late October 2016 through early February 2017. It will air later in 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.