800 WORDS IN NEW ZEALAND, AUSTRALIA, USA
Michael directed episodes 2.3, 2.4, 2.9, 2.10, 2.13 and 2.14 of 800 Words; in New Zealand, 2.3, 2.4, 2.9 and 2.10 have already aired. It is airing Wednesdays at 8:30 p.m. on TVNZ 1:
5 April 2017: Episode 2.13
12 April 2017: Episode 2.14
Click here to watch all episodes to date OnDemand.
In the US, Acorn TV has episodes 2.1-2.8 available for streaming; click here to watch. The rest of season 2 will be released later in 2017. In Australia, all of Michael's episodes have now aired; click here to watch on demand.
Michael is now directing episodes 3 and 4 in season 3, from late February to early April 2017.
800 Words is produced by South Pacific Pictures/Seven Productions. It stars Erik Thomson, Melina Vidler, and Benson Jack Anthony. Click here for info.
JENNIFER PERFORMING IN ACTORS' BENEVOLENT FUND AFTERNOON GALA
Jennifer will be one of the performers at the Actors' Benevolent Fund Gala on Sunday 2 April 2e 017 at 4:00 p.m. at the Pop-Up Globe (Ellerslie Racecourse, Auckland). Click here to book.
All profits from the Gala will go directly to the New Zealand Actors' Benevolent Fund, a not-for-profit charity established in 2013 to provide assistance to professional performers, both young and old, who, due to injury, illness, or disability, are unable to work. It provides both financial and practical assistance to those in need. Medical expenses may be directly met, pharmaceutical bills settled, or essential items purchased. In some cases, there may also be provision available for the care of children or family dependants of those performers in need. Jennifer is a board member of the Actors' Benevolent Fund.
The Gala will feature many New Zealand performers including Dave Dobbyn, Shona Laing, Lucy Lawless, Jubilation choir, Dynamotion, Stephen Lovatt, James Roque, Jesse Griffin, Tandi Wright, Fiona Samuel, and The Black Quartet; Michele A'Court will MC.
Click here for more on the Gala.
MICHAEL TO SPEAK AT MASSEY UNIVERSITY
Michael will give the talk, "Classics on Stage and Screen: A conversation with actor, director and playwright Michael Hurst," at Massey University (Albany) on 4 April 2017 at 7:30 p.m. (room 100 Sir Neil Waters Lecture Theatre Bldg). Click here for info.
He has also given an interview to Dr Anastasia Bakogianni, lecturer in Classical Studies, on his interest in and work with classical plays and texts. Click here to read.
MICHAEL TO PLAY SALIERI IN AMADEUS
Michael will play Salieri in Amadeus for Auckland Theatre Company, 2-17 May 2017 at ASB Waterfront Theatre, with Ross McCormack as Mozart, directed by Oliver Driver and with musical direction by Leon Radojkovic. Click here to book.
"In Vienne, music is the currency of power and Court Composer Antonio Salieri is the toast of the town. That is until the arrival of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Confronted with true genius, Salieri is consumed with obsessive jealousy, declaring war on God for choosing to speak through this upstart and not him. His mediocrity becomes murderous as he sets out to destroy his potty-mouthed young rival and extinguish the spark of his divine talent.
"Winner of seven Tony Awards including Best Play, Peter Shaffer's psychologically thrilling musical is one of the most famous acclaimed plays of the late twentieth century. With sweeping operatic theatricality, it juxtaposes the petty world of human excess and envy with the transcendent achievements of human artistry and passion".
JENNIFER IN VERMILION
Jennifer is playing Darcy in feature film Vermilion, which started shooting on 20 February 2017. It also stars Theresa Healey, Goretti Chadwick, Peter Feeney, and Emily Campbell. 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.
Season 2 of Westside was released on dvd 18 August 2016. Michael directed 4 episodes.
MICHAEL NARRATED OUR BIG BLUE BACKYARD – DVD NOW AVAILABLE
Michael was again the narrator for the second season of documentary series Our Big Blue Backyard, exploring six unique marine locations around New Zealand's coastline. Click here to buy the dvd.