Celebrating expat Kiwi success: Hilary Timmins' "Dream Catchers" series one now online   12 Mar 2020

New Zealand has a long and enduring relationship with the United Kingdom, and thousands of Kiwis touch down for their OE or holidays in Britain every year. Many end up staying and living their dreams on the other side of the world.


Dream Catchers is a factual series that reveals some of our most successful expats, what motivates them and what it is about them as New Zealanders that makes them stand out from the crowd. Featuring over 32 remarkable Kiwis across a diverse range of occupations, Dream Catchers explores what brought them to the UK, why they stayed, the secrets of their success and their continuing connections to New Zealand.

Entertaining, enlightening and honest, the stories are a testament to what it means to be a New Zealander - whether at home, or thousands of miles away.

Written, directed and produced by Hilary Timmins, Hilary moved to the UK not long after the Christchurch earthquake and became involved in many of the fundraising events in London. A catalyst that brought many New Zealanders together, it was during this time she met some of these extraordinary Kiwis and the idea to share their stories and inspire a new generation of New Zealanders was ignited. Hilary received funding and support from key individuals and partnered with Kiwi networks in London, the New Zealand Society, NZ-UK Link, and KEA.

The production has been fortunate to have some extraordinary people working on it, including Oscar nominated editor Kant Pan, Golden Globe nominated sound designer, New Zealander Blair Jollands (who also did the original music), and Oscar winning sound mixer, New Zealander Mike Hedges.

Hilary has been a recipient of the Prime Minister’s Office, 10 Downing Street, Points of Light Award in 2019 for her contribution to Dream Catchers, and the eight part series has gone on to screen twice on TVNZ as well as Air New Zealand, with some episodes also screening on British Airways and Air Canada.

Dream Catchers, Series One is now launching on its own YouTube channel so that these inspirational Kiwi stories can be shared around the world, as well as throughout schools and educational resources in NZ. The hope is to then complete the remaining stories filmed and to continue encouraging a new generation of young New Zealanders to live their dreams, no matter where in the world they are.


“ I binge watched Dream Catchers on the plane to NZ today. Great way of celebrating kiwi success and inspiring others.”

Craig Fenton, Director Strategy & Operations, Google UKI


Please watch, share and subscribe so that Dream Catchers can alert you to more of these great Kiwi success stories coming soon. 


Dream Catchers YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/dreamcatchers-youtube

Follow Dream Catchers on Facebook for updates: http://facebook.com/dreamcatcherskiwi



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