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Olivia Hetreed

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Olivia Hetreed is a British screenwriter, whose work includes the multi-award winning Girl with a Pearl Earring, starring Colin Firth and Scarlett Johansson, the radical adaptation of Wuthering Heights directed by Andrea Arnold and the forthcoming Spanish film, Altamira, directed by cinema veteran Hugh Hudson (Chariots of Fire) and starring Antonio Banderas.

Olivia has worked on international feature projects including Bosnia’s first animated feature film, Birds Like Us, and extensively in TV drama (The Canterbury Tales, The Treasure Seekers, Roman Mysteries). She has film projects in development with Tiger, Working Title and Blueprint. Sympathetic Ink, her company with producer (and her husband) Andy Paterson, is producing her next feature, The Grand Sophy, with BBC Films.

Olivia is President of the Writers’ Guild of Great Britain, which represents over 2,000 professional fiction writers. She is a very experienced mentor of new writing talent, working with Arvon Foundation, the London Screenwriting Festival, Sarajevo Talent Campus, and several film schools.

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