Fools & Dreamers: Regenerating a Native Forest

“Fools & Dreamers” is a 30-minute documentary telling the story of Hinewai Nature Reserve and its manager of 30 years, botanist Dr Hugh Wilson. We learn about the commitment 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.

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.
Fools & Dreamers film poster

Film Credits


Jordan Osmond, Antoinette Wilson

Jordan and Antoinette share a passion for telling solutions-focused stories that inspire positive action and lifestyle changes in the face of climate and other environmental, economic and social crises. Based in New Zealand, their passion for films that share stories about how each of us can be more sustainable extends to their work and personal life – they aim to be waste free on both shoots and at home, choose not to fly for work or vacations, buy secondhand film gear as much as possible – basically, they strive to take on board all the lessons learned from their marvellous interviewees.


Jordan Osmond - Writer
Antoinette Wilson - Writer
Antoinette Wilson - Producer


Genré: Environmental
Run Time: 30 minutes
Country of Origin: New Zealand

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