Lost Hope (on Facebook)
Michael is voicing the character Captain Hal Reiner in this comedic sci-fi space opera series from FoxBox Creative.
Death Walks into a Bar (on Facebook)
Michael played the God of War in this short film by writer/director Liam Wylie.
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.
The Lion Queen Michael narrated this 6-episode documentary series for Top Shelf Productions. It has been shown on Animal Planet across Africa, in the Middle East, and in parts of Europe. Click here for details and to watch the trailer; see their Facebook page.
mid-April thru May 2015: Step Dave
Michael is directing the last two episodes of the second season of this NZ tv series. Click here for info.
23 May 2015: Tatau ep. 6
30 May 2015: Tatau ep. 7
Michael directed episodes 6 and 7 of this BBC/South Pacific Pictures co-produced tv series set in the Cook Islands. He filmed his episodes in October/November 2014.
The series has finished airing in the UK, and is now being released in the US, on demand, through many cable companies and digital platforms. Click here for where to watch.
Click here to watch a behind-the-scenes video of filming in Rarotonga, with Michael directing in the background. Click here for more info, or check out the show's Facebook page.
31 May 2015, 6:00 p.m.: Equity Green Room Michael will be on the panel (with Fasitua Amosa, Nicole Whippy, Tandi Wright, and Felicity Jurd) on 'Sex & Nudity on Stage and Screen: What is Right and How to Empower Yourself,' at Grey Lynn Community Centre. See Equity's Facebook.
June 2015: Ash vs. Evil Dead
Michael will direct episodes 6 and 7 of this Starz series produced by Sam Raimi and Rob Tapert. Click here for info.
4 April-5 July 2015: Generation of Z: Apocalypse
Michael directed this immersive live theatre experience in London at 69-89 Mile End Rd, London. Click here for info and tickets.
LondonTheatre1: "...This is not just a scare-fest...but is a genuine theatrical performance where Director Michael Hurst moves his team of actors – both professional and really enthusiastic amateurs – along with the audience around like puppets on a string. For me as an audience member it was an amazingly emotional show. A mixture of subliminal fear, genuine horror, pathos and some lovely bits of unexpected comedy had me gripped from the moment we entered"
Horror Cult Films: "... theatre at its most immersive ... actors who sell the hell out of every scene ... get yourself down to London's east end ... it's worth every penny".
The Upcoming: " ... the actors revel in their characters. Audience participation is not encouraged; it is enforced ... Acting is of an exceptionally high standard"
LondonTheatre: " ... tremendously well-structured and well-executed show ... surprisingly realistic effects ... completely unique ... exploring new ways of how to entertain ... exhilarating and intense theatrical experience"
Digital Spy: "... it's undoubtedly the best of its kind out there ... The make-up artists have done an incredible job, the zombies are genuinely scary, the acting is excellent and it even has a decent story".
Gay Times: "... it is not a haunted house scare fest, it is a fully realised play ... Given the mammoth task of not only acting but also engaging and incorporating the audience into the story, the cast were phenomenal"
The Generation of Z is a project pioneering a new form of high-octane, interactive storytelling. Set amongst the chaos of a zombie apocalypse, GenZ throws the audience into their own live video game, where every "survivor" can directly influence the show's narrative and outcome. Will you cower against the walls, or rise up to be the hero?
Forget watching this from your seat – GenZ is multimedia theatre on steroids, where every choice is life or death. What would you do to survive?
LondonTheatre1 did an interview with Michael about creating immersive theatre; read it here.
30 July-23 August 2015: Lysistrata
Michael is adapting and directing Aristophanes' Lysistrata for Auckland Theatre Company at Q Theatre, starring Amanda Billing and Jennifer Ward-Lealand. Click here for info and to book.
August 2015: The Other Side of Love
Michael plays Magic in this feature film, filming in England. See info on Facebook.