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Michael directed episodes 2.3, 2.4, 2.7, and 2.8 for South Pacific Pictures.  This prequel to Outrageous Fortune stars Antonia Prebble, David De Lautour, Dan Musgrove, and Esther Stephens.  Click here for info.

Terry Teo
Michael will guest star as Cornelius Jones in an episode of this revival of the classic Kiwi show, to air on TV2 in late 2015.  Click here for info.


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.






beginning mid-February:  800 Words
Michael is directing two episodes of the second season of the dramedy for South Pacific Pictures/Seven Productions.  Starring Erik Thomson, Melina Vidler, and Benson Jack Anthony.  Click here for info.

14 May-18 June 2016:  King Lear
Michael is directing King Lear at Circa Theatre, Wellington, starring Ray Henwood. "Circa Theatre celebrates its 40th anniversary in spectacular style, proudly presenting four theatre kings:  Lear, Shakespeare, Henwood and Hurst". Click here for additional info.

17 January–16 February 2016: Lost Hope Kickstarter campaign
Michael voices Captain Reiner in animated sci-fi comedy Lost Hope. The series is in development and crowd-funding on Kickstarter. Click here for more about Lost Hope, or here to donate.


March 2016: Path of Exile: Ascendancy
Michael voices Emperor Izaro in the Path of Exile: Ascendancy expansion pack, which will 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.


6 December 2015:  Ash vs. Evil Dead ep. 6, 'The Killer of Killers'
13 December 2015:  Ash vs. Evil Dead ep. 7, 'Fire in the Hole'
Starz premiered Ash vs. Evil Dead in more than 100 countries on Halloween, including New Zealand (The Zone), Australia (Stan), Canada (Super Channel), Scandanivia (C More), Latin America/Brazil (Fox Action), and Middle East/North Africa (STARZ Play Africa).  In New Zealand, it is now also available to stream on Neon.  Michael directed episodes 6 and 7.

'The Killer of Killers'  

Rolling Stone: "The splatstick show may have just served up its best – and bloodiest – episode yet … Directed by Michael Hurst, whose resume is full of rollicking genre fare  … it's the most fun you'll have in 24 minutes this weekend".

The Movie Waffler
"director Michael Hurst does a great job of emulating Raimi's kinetic style … with Hurst returning for next week's episode, the signs are good!"

The Nerd Element:  "Hurst has a dynamic style that matches the material provided by episode writer Nate Crocker. The episode moves so rapidly that it was hard to believe nearly 30 minutes had passed when it was over. Add in a lot of practical effects and terrific one-liners, and the series continues to fire on all cylinders".

Collider:  " … director Michael Hurst nailed the big fight scene in this episode".

'Fire in the Hole'  

Vulture: "Michael Hurst returns with more crackerjack directingBetween his two episodes, Michael Hurst has staged three lo-fi monster fights that are just brilliant for this show"

IGN: "Still aided greatly by director Michael Hurst … and his skill for action pieces, 'Fire in the Hole' … pulled things together nicely for a bloody great finish".

Collider: "Director Michael Hurst just nailed another episode of Ash vs. Evil Dead".

The show is executive produced by Sam Raimi, Rob Tapert, Bruce Campbell, and showrunner Craig DiGregorio, and stars Bruce Campbell, Ray Santiago, Dana DeLorenzo, Lucy Lawless, and Jill Marie Jones.

This 10-episode first season is the long-awaited follow-up to the classic horror film franchise The Evil Dead.  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.