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 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.