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Tatau (on Facebook)
Michael directed episodes 1.6 and 1.7.  It aired on BBC3 in the UK and is now available there on dvd.  In the US, it is available on demand on Amazon, iTunes, and a number of cable systems.  Click here to find out where to watch.

In New Zealand, Tatau is available for streaming on Neon.

Oz Comic-Con
Video of the Hercules panels that Michael did with Kevin Sorbo in April 2015 at Oz Comic-Con in Perth and Adelaide is now available for download.  Click here for Perth; click here for Adelaide.


Step Dave (on Facebook)
Michael directed episodes 2.12 and 2.13.  Click here for info.

Lost Hope (on Facebook)
Michael is voicing the character Captain Hal Reiner in this comedic sci-fi space opera series from FoxBox Creative.

Terry Teo
Michael will guest star as Cornelius Jones in an episode of this revival of the classic Kiwi show, to air on TV2.  Click here for info.






30 July-23 August 2015: Lysistrata 

Michael is adapting and directing Aristophanes' Lysistrata for Auckland Theatre Company, at Q Theatre.  It stars Amanda Billing, Jennifer Ward-Lealand, Sia Trokenheim, Darien Takle, Hannah Tasker-Poland, Cameron Rhodes, Fasitua Amosa, Andrew Grainger, Paul Glover Peter Hayden, Lucinda Hare and Nomi Cohen, with design by Rachel Walker, choreography by Shona McCullagh, music by John Gibson, and costumes by Troy Garton.

Click here for info and to book.  ATC has posted 49 rehearsal photos to their Facebook page; check them out here.

It's the women who call the shots in this hilarious comedy classic about one woman's extraordinary mission to end a war.  Leading the charge in the show that's been described as Sex in the City 411 B.C. is New Zealand's fab four of musical theatre – Amanda Billing (Chicago, Shortland Street), Jennifer Ward-Lealand (Rupert, The Heretic), Sia Trokenheim (Step Dave, Stepping Out), and Hannah Tasker-Poland (Chicago).

"Comedy for the Greeks was immediate.  It drew on contemporary issues, sent up popular figures and satirised local institutions and events.  In this way, Lysistrata feels surprisingly modern.  There will always be a funny side to sex and politics, and though the specific issue of the Peloponnesian War and its ruinous effect on the city state of Athens is at the centre of the play, in a wider sense the song remains the same.  It's really funny, it's moving and it's gloriously human" – Michael Hurst

31 October 2015: Ash vs. Evil Dead premiere
Michael directed episodes 6 and 7 of this new tv series in June 2015.  It will air on STARZ! beginning on Halloween 2015.
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The trailer below was premiered at San Diego Comic-Con on 10 July 2015.


The show is executive produced by Sam Raimi, Rob Tapert, Bruce Campbell, and showrunner Craig DiGregorio, and stars Bruce Campbell, Lucy Lawless, Mimi Rogers, Jill Marie Jones, Ray Santiago, and Dana DeLorenzo.  Australian streaming service Stan has announced that it has exclusive rights to the show in Australia, and that it will air on the same day that it is shown on STARZ!; click here for info.

This 10-episode first season is the long-awaited follow-up to the classic horror film franchise The Evil Dead.  It is set to premiere on STARZ! in fall 2015.  Bruce Campbell is reprising his role as Ash, the stock boy, aging lothario, and chainsaw-handed monster who has spent the last 30 years avoiding responsibility, maturity, and the terrors of the Evil Dead.  When a Deadite plague threatens to destroy all of mankind, Ash is finally forced to face his demons – personal and literal.  Destiny, it turns out, has no plans to release the unlikely hero from its "Evil" grip.