Television, Directing


Reviews/Commentary

Ash vs. Evil Dead, 'Fire in the Hole' (2015)  "Michael Hurst returns with more crackerjack directing … Between his two episodes, Michael Hurst has staged three lo-fi monster fights that are just brilliant for this show (Vulture

Ash vs. Evil Dead, 'The Killer of Killers' (2015)  "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". (Rolling Stone)

Spartacus: Blood and Sand, 'Revelations' (2009)  "Michael picked up on all of that stuff.  . . . I mean, when you have a director like that, that is getting the little things that you're doing, it's just going to be a thousand times better when it's on screen". (Brent Fletcher, writer of 'Revelations,' in dvd episode commentary)

Spartacus: Blood and Sand, 'Whore' (2009)  Lucy Lawless: "You can tell this is a Michael Hurst.  He likes to shoot it looking like an Orientalist painting . . . Michael's just a master with light".  Viva Bianca: "another one of his great skills was the way he was able to communicate with us and direct us.  The performance was never compromised".  Lucy Lawless: "He's quite gifted".  (Lucy Lawless and Viva Bianca, stars of Spartacus: Blood and Sand, in dvd episode commentary)

Legend of the Seeker, 'Denna' (2008)  "Michael Hurst is the director of this amazing episode and he was the most enthusiastic, incredible director to work with, he has such a sense of drama and build and character, and he had really done his research.  He knew the books and the characters inside out". (Jessica Marais, actor playing Denna, in dvd episode commentary)

Xena: Warrior Princess, 'To Helicon and Back' (2001)  "As Michael often does, he brought nobility to all the performers and protected all the characters."  (Rob Tapert, Executive Producer, in dvd episode commentary)

Xena: Warrior Princess, 'Who's Gurkhan?' (2000)  "If I couldn't direct 'Gurkhan,' Michael was the best choice.  And once I saw the episode, he was actually even a better choice.  . . . Once again, Michael elevated . . . all the characters' motivations and raised them a level"  (Rob Tapert, Executive Producer, in dvd episode commentary)

Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, 'One Fowl Day' (1998)  " . . . Michael Hurst is a man bursting at the seams - the more responsibility he has, the more he relishes the opportunity.  He's an exuberant actor and a very ambitious director.  Combine these qualities with a difficult script, and the results were positively over-the-top . . . "  (Bruce Campbell in If Chins Could Kill:  Confessions of a B-Movie Actor)

 
2017 Westside (series), South Pacific Pictures; episodes:
3.08
3.07
   
2016

Westside (series), South Pacific Pictures; episodes:
3.04
3.03

800 Words (series), South Pacific Pictures/Seven Productions; episodes:
2.14
2.13
2.10
2.09
2.04
2.03

Westside (series), South Pacific Pictures; episodes:
2.08
2.07
2.04
2.03

   
2015

Ash vs. Evil Dead (series), Starz/Renaissance Pictures; episodes:
1.07 "Fire in the Hole"
1.06 "The Killer of Killers"

Step Dave (series), South Pacific Pictures; episodes:
2.13 "Will You, Won't You"
2.12 "Kids"

Tatau (mini-series), BBC/South Pacific Pictures; episodes:
1.07 
1.06 

   
2014

The Brokenwood Mysteries (mini-series), South Pacific Pictures; episode:
1.03 "Playing the Lie"

Step Dave (series), South Pacific Pictures; episodes:
1.07  "Promise and Deliver"
1.06  "Knocked Up Natalie"
1.05  "My Room"

   
2013

The Almighty Johnsons (series), South Pacific Pictures; episodes:
3.08 "The Asparagus is Kicking In"
3.07 "Typical Auckland God"

   
2012 Spartacus: War of the Damned (series), Starz Productions; episodes:
3.09 "The Dead and the Dying"
3.04 "Decimation"
   
2011 Spartacus: Vengeance (series), Starz Productions; episode:
2.06 "Chosen Path"
2.01 "Fugitivus"
   
2010

Spartacus: Gods of the Arena (series), Starz Productions; episode:
3 "Paterfamilias"

Legend of the Seeker (series), Disney/ABC Studios; episodes:
2.21 "Unbroken"
2.17 "Vengeance"

   
2009

Spartacus: Blood and Sand (series), Starz Productions; episodes:
1.13 "Kill Them All" (splinter unit)
1.12 "Revelations"
1.9 "Whore"
1.5 "Shadow Games"

Legend of the Seeker (series), Disney/ABC Studios; episodes:
2.12 "Hunger"
2.02 "Baneling"
1.22 "Reckoning"

   
2008

Legend of the Seeker (series), Disney/ABC Studios; episodes:
1.08 "Denna"
1.10 "Sacrifice"

   
2002 Showstoppers (series), Jump Productions Limited; episode:
finale (director of the variety show)
   
2001

Love Mussel (television movie), Frame Up Films (watch excerpts on NZ On Screen)

Xena: Warrior Princess (series), Renaissance Pictures; episode:
6.15
"To Helicon and Back"

   
2000

Xena: Warrior Princess (series), Renaissance Pictures; episodes:
6.04 "Who’s Gurkhan?"
5.18 "Antony and Cleopatra"
5.16 "Life Blood" (Amazon High segments)

Jack of All Trades (series), Renaissance Pictures; episodes:
2.04 "The Morning After"
2.06 "One Two Three, Give Me Lady Liberty"

   
1999 Hercules: The Legendary Journeys (series), Renaissance Pictures; episode:
5.15 "Greece is Burning"
   
1998

Hercules: The Legendary Journeys (series), Renaissance Pictures; episodes:
5.07 "Somewhere Over the Rainbow Bridge"
5.01 "Faith"
4.17 "One Fowl Day"

Xena: Warrior Princess (series), Renaissance Pictures; episode:
4.06 "A Tale of Two Muses"

   
1997

Amazon High, Renaissance Pictures (2 hour movie)

Hercules: The Legendary Journeys (series), Renaissance Pictures; episode:
4.08 ". . . And Fancy Free"

Xena: Warrior Princess (series), Renaissance Pictures; episode:
2.15 "A Day in the Life"

   
1996

Hercules: The Legendary Journeys (series), Renaissance Pictures; episode:
3.01 "Mercenary"