The Dream Catchers Team
Hilary Timmins Writer, Director and Presenter
Currently based in London, Hilary first appeared on New Zealand television screens in 1986 as co- host of the iconic game show, It's in the Bag and went on to become a household name, appearing on many successful television shows for an unbroken 22 years.
In 1991, Hilary began her long association with The New Zealand Lotteries Commission and was the host of Lotto from 1992 until 2008 when she left to travel abroad. In addition to fronting the weekly Live Lotto Draw she contributed to scripting and creating aspects of production, directing many of the community grants and celebrity inserts as well as appearing in numerous brand commercials and fronting sponsorship and promotional campaigns including The America's Cup, Festival New Zealand and the opening of Te Papa.
Hilary has also worked constantly as a guest speaker and host of corporate and black tie fund raisers, public and civic functions,as well as high profile product endorsement and commercials.
Actively involved in community and charity work, Hilary was Chief Celebrity Ambassador for Variety New Zealand and has worked as an ambassador for Skylight children's charity and Victim Support.
Robert Whitehouse Executive Producer
New Zealander Robert Whitehouse began his film producing career with The Scarecrow, the first Kiwi film to win official invitation to the Cannes Film Festival. He then went on to lay the foundations for future Hollywood/ New Zealand co-productions with the cult movie Battletruck and the big budget adventure Savage Islands starring Tommy Lee Jones.
New Zealand television credits include the acclaimed mini-series Heart of the High Country and the documentary The Greatest Run on Earth.
A qualified lawyer in New Zealand as well as California, Rob has had a long international career in financing and production. He now runs London-based Piccadilly Pictures with fellow producer Christopher Figg and their most recent success stories include Cannes nominated, We Need to Talk About Kevin and Ralph Fiennes' Shakespearian film, Coriolanus.
As a mentor to promising new producers and directors he remains proudest of those early film making days in New Zealand "when we were all pretty green but had a great belief that we could do it".