Philip Hurring is an experienced editor and post-production director of prime time television and documentary. He has edited a wide range of productions for New Zealand, Australian, UK and US television, and for film festival release. Philip has a background as a musician, and is also a certified practitioner of Structural Integration in the field of health and wellbeing.

Making a documentary can indeed be likened to unraveling a human body that has lived and aged some decades: what will stand out is whether the story has been forced to fit a certain shape, or whether it has been allowed to grow its own wings and fly in its own way. Philip Hurring on the similarities between his two diverse professions

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Coast New Zealand

2015, Editor - Television

Lost & Found

2015 - ongoing , Editor, Post-Production Director - Television

Coast Australia

2013, Editor - Television

Family Secret

2013, Editor, Post-Production Director

Is Modern Medicine Killing You?

2012, Editor, Post-Production Director

The Croc Catchers

2012, Editor

Missing Pieces

2011 - 2015, Editor, Post-Production Director - Television

The Apprentice New Zealand

2010, Editor - Television

The Secret Lives of Dancers

2010 - 2014, Editor - Television

Dreaming of El Dorado

2009, Editor, Post-Production Director

Into the Frozen Abyss

2009, Editor

Rescue 1

2011, Editor - Television


2008, Editor - Film

Emergency - First Episode

2007, Editor - Television

“Real patients, real drama: real emergencies.” This 2007 series goes behind the scenes of the Emergency Department at Wellington Hospital, focusing on the medical staff who treat patients in most urgent need of treatment. In this opening episode, a zookeeper is mauled by a lion, an infant fights for his life, and a patient has chopped his basil too finely. Produced by Greenstone productions (The Zoo, Border Patrol) the 12-part series won the Best Observational Reality Award at the 2007 Qantas Television Awards. 


2007, Editor - Television

Greenstone Productions are prolific and award-winning makers of observational reality shows (The Zoo, Border Patrol, Coastwatch). This series saw their cameras go behind the scenes of Wellington Hospital's Emergency Department, to showcase the skills and compassion of medical staff as they treat patients ranging from lost diver Rob Hewitt and a near-fatally inebriated man, to the ubiquitous broken bones and beads stuck up nostrils. The 12-part series won the Best Observational Reality (non-format) Award at the 2007 Qantas Television Awards.

Te Waka Hono Tangata

2006, Editor - Television

Miss Popularity

2005, Editor - Television

Arriving for a photo shoot in the Australian outback, 10 beauty pageant contestants are rescued by cowboys and taken to small-town Burra, where they end up competing in a reality show to "find the ultimate Kiwi chick". With $100,000 at stake, they try a variety of challenges while attempting to show the locals they’re more than a pretty face. Locals vote to oust a contestant each week, from a group that includes warring future-WAGs Casey Green and model-singer-actress Jessie Gurunathan. Gurunathan ultimately won the crown. Touchdown's format sold to 15 territories.

Miss Popularity - Series Excerpts

2005, Editor - Television

In these excerpts pulled from ten consecutive episodes of Miss Popularity, Outback Jack star Vadim Dale despatches ten long-haired, image-conscious young Kiwis to the Aussie outback town of Burra. There they compete to become "the ultimate Kiwi chick" by doing odd jobs, outdoor challenges, snake encounters, and bake-offs for the local market day. Contestants included film students, a firefighter, a future Playboy model, and flight attendant Jessie Gurunathan. Locals voted one contestant off each week. Gurunathan finally claimed the $100,000 prize on the hit Touchdown show.

Living the Dream

2004, Editor - Television

Flipping reality television on its head, this 2004 show saw Hawkes Bay vineyard worker Sam Chambers competing on a reality series, unaware he was the only real thing on it. The Kiwi take on American cable TV hit The Joe Schmo Show was produced by Touchdown Productions. Writers and cast (some of whom had never acted before) had to adapt to unexpected alliances and events, while Mark Ferguson revelled in the role of smarmy host, crossing lines of acceptable behaviour with some of the contestants. When the ruse was finally revealed, Chambers got $50,000 in prize money. 

Living the Dream - First Episode

2004, Editor - Television

This TV2 take on The Truman Show sees Hawkes Bay vineyard worker Sam participating in a reality show where – unknown to him – all his housemates are fakes. In this first episode Sam’s flatmates play to the archetypes of reality TV, as host Mark Ferguson sets them ridiculous challenges (eg water bomb wet t-shirt reading). The Spinoff 's Alex Casey called it “a one off, never to be repeated format, and crikey it was good, bad TV.” The cast were only let into the show's secrets after winning their parts. Sarah Thomson ('rich bitch' Tiffany) was later an undercover cop on Shortland Street.

Tu Tangata - Weaving for the People

2000, Editor, Co-Producer - Television

Chenrezig Sand Mandala: the Living Art of Tibet

2000, Producer, Editor - Short Film

Inside the Real Coyote Ugly

2000, Editor - Television

Black Spot

1998, Editor - Short Film

Out into the Blue

1998, Editor - Film

Restoring Avoca Valley Stream

1998, Editor - Short Film

The Golf Show/HSBC Golf Club

2000, Editor - Television

The Watcher

1997, Editor - Short Film

In Cold Blood

1997, Editor - Television

Scorched Memories

1997, Editor - Film

For Arts Sake

1996, Editor - Television

Arts magazine series For Arts Sake screened on TV ONE for two hours on Sunday mornings for 22 weeks in 1996. The show featured a range of artists including dancer/choreographers Michael Parmenter and Mary Jane O'Reilly, playwright Hone Kouka, sculptor Michael Parekowhai, painter Graham Sydney, photographer Ans Westra, and animator and sculptor Len Lye. Former TV current affairs journalist Alison Parr was the show's presenter and interviewer. Each week's programme had a theme represented by local stories and interviews, as well as international items.

Serious Fraud

1995, Editor - Television

Mel's Amazing Movies

1995 - 96, Editor