FOOLS & DREAMERS: REGENERATING A NATIVE FOREST

Fools & Dreamers is a 30-minute documentary telling the story of Hinewai Nature Reserve, on Canterbury’s Banks Peninsula, and its kaitiaki/manager of 30 years, botanist Hugh Wilson. We learn about the commitment of Hugh and the Maurice White Native Forest Trust to regenerate marginal, hilly farmland into native forest, using a minimal interference method that allows nature to do the work, giving life to over 1500 hectares of native forest, waterways, and the creatures that live within them.

When, in 1987, Hugh let the local community know about his plans to allow gorse to grow as a nurse canopy for self-sown native trees, the response was sceptical at best and outright angry and disparaging for the most part – one farmer stating the plan was the sort to be expected only of “fools and dreamers”. Now considered a local hero by town and country folk alike, Hugh’s home at Hinewai overlooks a valley resplendent in native forest canopy, where birds and other wildlife are abundant and 47 known waterfalls are in permanent flow.

An inspiring, charismatic personality, Hugh’s passion and enthusiasm for his life’s project come through in every sentence he speaks. A dreamer who has made his dream come true, Hugh has proven without doubt that nature knows best – and that he is no fool.

CURRENTLY SCREENING IN NEW ZEALAND

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ONLINE RELEASE 28TH OF JULY 2019

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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

HOST A SCREENING

Fools & Dreamers (30 mins) is touring over the month of July. It will be available for public screenings from 28 July (unless you’re showing it in a cinema where a DCP file is used, in which case earlier is an option). On 28 July it launches on YouTube as a free to view film, however we have different public screening licence costs for this one:

Free screenings: $10
Ticketed screenings, audience 1–50 people: $75
Ticketed screenings, audience 50–100 people: $150
Ticketed screenings, audience 100–250 people: $250
(Prices excluding GST)

Licence fees income will be split 50/50 between Happen Films and Hinewai Nature Reserve.

Get in touch to organise a screening

SUPPORT THE 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 Donate button on the Hinewai Reserve website or by bank transfer/cheque using the details below.

Direct credit
BNZ Akaroa
02 0832 0044225 00

Cheques
Make out to: Maurice White Native Forest Trust
Hinewai Reserve
632 Long Bay Road
R.D.3 Akaroa 7583
New Zealand

NZ SCREENING TOUR

Thank you to our sponsors for helping make this tour happen!

Tour Schedule

CHRISTCHURCH: Worldwide Premiere + Q&A with Hugh Wilson and the directors
When: June 28th 2019, 6pm
Tickets: SOLD OUT SORRY

AKAROA: screening + Q&A with Hugh Wilson and the directors
When: June 30th 2019, 12pm; 2pm
Tickets: SOLD OUT SORRY

PICTON: screening + Q&A with the directors
When: July 4th 2019, 6.30pm
Tickets: SOLD OUT SORRY

WELLINGTON: screening + Q&A with the directors & special guests
When: July 5th 2019, 6pm OR 7.15pm (two screenings, back to back)
Tickets: SOLD OUT SORRY

NAPIER: screening + Q&A with the directors & special guests
When: July 7th, 5pm
Tickets: SOLD OUT SORRY

TAURANGA: screening + Q&A with the directors & special guests
Where: Historic Village Cinema, 17th Ave West, Tauranga
When: July 12th 2019, 6.30pm OR 8pm (two screenings back to back)
Tickets: SOLD OUT SORRY

AUCKLAND: screening + Q&A with the directors & special guests
Where: Academy Cinema, 44 Lorne Street, Auckland
When: July 13th 2019, 8pm
Tickets: SOLD OUT SORRY

WHANGANUI: screening + Q&A with the directors & special guests
Where: Confluence, 15 Watt Street, Whanganui
When: July 25th 2019, 6.30pm
Tickets: SOLD OUT SORRY Confluence | Facebook

CARTERTON: screening + Q&A with the directors & special guests
Where: Carterton Community Courthouse, 60 Holloway Street, Carterton
When: July 26th 2019, 7pm
Tickets: Eventbrite | Facebook Event