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

* BROKENWOOD MYSTERIES

* HIGH ROAD
* A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM
* NEW ZEALAND SINGING SCHOOL
* OUR BIG BLUE BACKYARD
* TATAU
* TERRY TEO
* UNDERCOVER RESCUE


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

18 December  Added announcement of season two of The Brokenwood Mysteries

12 December  Added dvd releases of Our Big Blue Backyard and The Brokenwood Mysteries to homepage

7 December  Added links to Our Big Blue Backyard eps 5 & 6 to homepage

29 November  Added The Blind Date Project to Recent Projects

27 November  Added a link to Our Big Blue Backyard ep 4 to homepage

24 November  Created Decision 2014 page

22 November  Added season 2 of High Road and the press release for A Midsummer Night's Dream to homepage

16 November  Added video of behind-the-scenes of Tatau, and a link to ep 3 of Our Big Blue Backyard to homepage

13 November  Added the poster for season 2 of High Road, a link to watch Undercover Rescue online, and to a behind-the-scenes video of Tatau to homepage

10 November  Added Michael's character's name in Terry Teo to homepage

9 November  Added Undercover Rescue, Michael guest starring in Terry Teo, and a link to 'Goat Island' episode of Our Big Blue Backyard to homepage

3 November  Added link to buy tickets for A Midsummer Night's Dream and upcoming epidodes of Our Big Blue Backyard to homepage

2 November  Added link to watch ep1 of Our Big Blue Backyard online to homepage

29 October  Added Jennifer in Terry Teo to homepage

26 October  Added locations for Our Big Blue Backyard to homepage

22 October  Created Generation of Z/Zombie: Red Zone page

21 October  Added link to the press release for Our Big Blue Backyard to homepage

17 October  Added the plot outline of Tatau to homepage

2 October  Created Trees Beneath the Lake page

30 September  Added Michael and Jennifer going to Xena convention to Future Projects

28 September  Added the cast of Tatau to homepage

27 September  Added release date for dvd/Blu-ray of The Almighty Johnsons in the US to homepage

14 September  Added Tatau and A Midsummer Night's Dream to homepage

6 September  Added Tatau to Future Projects

31 August  Added Jennifer teaching at New Zealand Singing School to homepage

11 August  Created An Unseasaonable Fall of Snow page

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

7 July  Created The Man Whose Mother Was a Pirate page

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

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

1 June  Added Lost Hope to Future Projects

17 March  Updated Brel page with photos from 4 March performance at Great Hall, Auckland Town Hal to homepage

5 March  Updated Brel page with 2014 reviews and video interview with Jennifer and Julia

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 DIRECTING A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM

Michael is directing A Midsummer Night's Dream for University of Auckland Summer Shakespeare, to be performed 13 February-7 March 2015 on the Old Arts Plaza on the University of Auckland campus.  With associate director Tom Bishop and producer Natalie Beran.  Michael is the Chair of the trust for AUSA Summer Shakespeare.

Click here for info and to book.

On 14 September 2014, the cast did a first read-through of the play (below).  Rehearsal workshops began in November 2014.

From the press release:

"MICHAEL HURST'S FRENZY OF FRANTIC LOVE .... Valentine's Day just got a whole lot sexier, you guys.  This February 14, the mistakes and follies of young love, wildly hammy amateur acting and warring fairies are whipped up into a maelstrom by a cast aged 18 to 94 when A Midsummer Night's Dream opens the annual Auckland Summer Shakespeare season".


JENNIFER GUEST STARS IN HIGH ROAD

Jennifer guest stars in episodes 2.5 and 2.7 of High Road (web series), filmed in July 2014 and launched on Wednesday 19 November 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.

Season 2 was launched on Wednesday 19 November 2014.  Watch it below!  Click the PLAYLIST menu at the upper left corner of the video to select specific episodes.

 

MICHAEL DIRECTING TATAU

Michael is directing episodes 6 and 7 of the new 8-episode fantasy drama series Tatau, produced by Touchpaper TV and South Pacific Pictures for BBC Three (UK) and BBC America (USA).  It is written by Richard Zajdlic and stars Joe Layton and Theo Barklem-Biggs, with Barry Atsma, Shushila Takao, Cian Elyse White, Tai Berdinner-Blades, Temuera Morrison, Alex Tarrant, Rawiri Jobe, Kirk Torrance and Rangimoana Taylor.  It was filmed September-December 2014, in The Cook Islands and New Zealand, for airing in 2015.  Michael filmed his episodes in October/November 2014 and will continue with post-production through February 2015.

Tagata Pasifika did a behind-the-scenes story on the filming of Tatau on The Cook Islands, with scenes of Michael directing; watch it below.

From the show's Facebook page:

"Kyle is unsettled when local people react to his tattoo: it clearly has a significance that he is entirely unaware of.   It’s like he’s been marked out for something – but what?

"Later, while snorkelling in a lagoon, Kyle finds the body of a local girl, Aumea, tied up underwater – dead.  Returning to the lagoon with the police, Kyle finds her corpse has disappeared.  Budgie wonders if his best friend is going mad – he’s imagining things. But Kyle knows what he saw.  And he’s also beginning to realise that he has a gift – or a curse: the murder he’s witnessed isn’t something that has happened, it’s something that will happen in the future.

"Kyle and Budgie find themselves sucked into a desperate race to prevent Aumea’s murder, as Kyle learns that his gifts don’t stop at prophecy… and the full meaning of his tattoo is revealed".

Click here for a BBC press release (25 September 2014) on Tatau.




BROKENWOOD MYSTERIES
AVAILABLE ON DVD;
SEASON TWO ANNOUNCED

Michael directed the third episode of The Brokenwood Mysteries, which aired in New Zealand on Prime in October 2014.  It stars Neill Rea and Fern Sutherland, with Pana Hema Taylor, Nic Sampson, Christina Ionda, Colin Moy, Andi Crown, and Miriama McDowell.

The four two-hour mystery movies were released as a dvd set on 11 December 2014, and a second season was announced on 15 December 2014.


JENNIFER TO TEACH AT NZ SINGING SCHOOL

Jennifer will be a member of the musical theatre faculty at New Zealand Singing School, 7-17 January 2015, EIT Campus, Hawke's Bay. 

Click here for info.


MICHAEL NARRATES OUR BIG BLUE BACKYARD

Michael narrated this 6 episode documentary series which has now finished airing on TVOne.  A dvd set is now available, or watch online:

Ep. 1 'Northland'
Ep. 2 'Goat Island'
Ep. 3 'Poor Knights Islands'
Ep. 4 'Kaikoura'
Ep. 5 'Open Bay Islands'
Ep. 6 'Stewart Island'

 

Click here for press release; click here for the show's Facebook page.


MICHAEL NARRATED UNDERCOVER RESCUE

Michael narrated this documentary about Kiwi Daniel Walker who, with his team, rescues women and children from the sex trade in Southeast Asia.  It aired Wednesday 12 November 2014 on TVOne.  Click here to watch it online.


JENNIFER AND MICHAEL TO GUEST STAR IN TERRY TEO

Jennifer will play Barbara Bertinelli in the third episode of Terry Teo, a revival of the classic Kiwi TV show, filmed early November 2014.  Michael will play Cornelius Jones in one episode, filmed mid-December.  It will air on TV2.

Click here for info.


 

 

 

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