ABOUT THE FILM

Fools & Dreamers: Regenerating a Native Forest is a free 30-minute documentary about Hinewai Nature Reserve, on New Zealand’s Banks Peninsula, and its kaitiaki/manager of 30 years, botanist Hugh Wilson. When, in 1987, Hugh let the local community know of his plans to allow the introduced ‘weed’ gorse to grow as a nurse canopy to regenerate farmland into native forest, people were not only skeptical but outright angry – the plan was the sort to be expected only of “fools and dreamers”.

Now considered a hero locally and across the country, Hugh oversees 1500 hectares resplendent in native forest, where birds and other wildlife are abundant and 47 known waterfalls are in permanent flow. He has proven without doubt that nature knows best – and that he is no fool.

CHANGE THE WORLD

Forest regeneration is one of the most important actions that needs to be taken globally to address the environmental crises we’re facing today.

Our hope is that people from all over the world will draw inspiration from what’s happening at Hinewai Reserve, which is why we’ve made the film free to view.

But we need your help! Please consider sharing the film with a friend, posting about it to your social networks, or host a screening in your community.

HOST A SCREENING

Keen to share an inspirational film with your community? How about hosting a screening of Fools & Dreamers?

We’ve made the film freely available on YouTube, but if you’re holding an event you’ll need a public screening licence. You’ll receive a high-quality download of the film, promotional materials, screening tips and a PDF invoice. It could be a free event, a fundraiser, or whatever you’d like to do. We’ll be splitting the proceeds from licence fees with Hinewai Reserve.

Film night’s are a great way to connect with your community and we’ve set our fees very low to make this as accessible as possible.

SUPPORT HINEWAI RESERVE

The work at Hinewai Reserve is made possible in part due to generous donations from people all over the world. If you’d like to make a contribution, big or small, you can do so using the PayPal donate button (you don’t need a PayPal account, just a credit card) or by bank transfer/cheque using the details below.




Direct credit
Maurice White Native Forest Trust
BNZ Akaroa
02 0832 0044225 00

Cheque
Maurice White Native Forest Trust
Hinewai Reserve
632 Long Bay Road
R.D.3 Akaroa 7583
New Zealand

FILM SOUNDTRACK

The beautiful soundtrack to Fools & Dreamers, composed by Karl Steven and Ariana Tikao, is available for purchase as an album on Bandcamp. All proceeds from sales will be donated to Hinewai Reserve.

Check it out

MORE FILMS LIKE THIS

If you enjoyed Fools & Dreamers you might like other films we’ve made. We currently have 22 other films available to watch for free that explore the themes of sustainable living, permaculture, tiny houses, interviews with inspiring people, and much more.

REVIEWS

“Fools and Dreamers tells the most important story of our time.”
Paul Hawken, founder Project Drawdown

“Watch this natural Kiwi miracle: how the earth regenerates native bush if given half a chance.”
– Bunny McDiarmid, Executive Director Greenpeace International

“A powerful ‘call to action’ for all of us to heed.”
– Jonathon Porritt, Forum for the Future

“This is an inspirational documentary.”
– Dr Mike Joy, freshwater ecologist

“Regenerating human rights can learn from nature: it takes ‘Fools and Dreamers’ to give life a chance….”
– a personal message from Kumi Naidoo, Secretary General of Amnesty International

COMMENTS

  • Happen Films says:

    We’re so excited to finally share this film with you all. Let us know what you think of it!

  • Mattias Olsson says:

    What a fantastic film, portraying of a fantastic person doing fantastic work! Thank you Jordan, Antoinette and the rest of the crew for bringing this to us!

  • Connie says:

    Beautifully made film about bringing a dream to reality, the importance of taking that first step and continuing it one step at a time. Hugh’s utter commitment to saving Mother Earth is visible in his every action. Thanh you Hugh for showing us that there is a way.

  • Elliot says:

    Incredible. Thank you

  • hannah grace says:

    As always, inspiring, gentle and beautiful. And a reminder that we need to start right where we are. Thank you.

  • Priscilla Spooner says:

    Great little Film helping to educate + tackle the Bigger Issues of the Worlds Enviroment ,Well Done !!!

  • Senol Elmaz says:

    Great to see this happening.
    My wife and I have just purchased 17.9 hectares and I am wanting to do the same. Here’s hoping We have as much success.

  • Jair McBain says:

    Thank you for sharing this wonderful story and achievement! I can’t wait to get down and spend some time hiking around Hinewai ASAP. The film making was absolutely lovely.

  • Jeanne Steele says:

    Inspiring. Beautiful. Loved everything about this film and am sharing it. Thank you!

  • Joe Akers says:

    Thank you so much for sharing the energy and vision of this project

  • Marc says:

    I was very touched by this film and it gives me hope and inspiration and courage

  • Rick Gates says:

    Beautiful! Hugh is definitely Mother Nature’s son…

  • alexiaLANDarch says:

    Great film! Wonderful work. Love to hear from kindred spirits. True stewards of natural spaces!

  • N.Martin says:

    Inspirational.
    We need much more of this with native forests, especially where the land is marginal.
    I was staggered to read recently Japan with a population vastly bigger than our own, still has 70 percent of their native forests intact.
    NZ by comparison has decimated their forests and we have less than 30% left.
    We need farms and homes-so do the Japanese, but the imbalance here is far too great.
    We could and should get back to at least a 50/50 scenario and inspirational movies like this show just how easily it can be achieved.