Writer for Film & TV
Olivia Hetreed is a British screenwriter, whose work includes the multi-award winning, BAFTA and Oscar nominated Girl with a Pearl Earring, starring Colin Firth and Scarlett Johansson, and the award-winning, critically-acclaimed radical adaptation of Wuthering Heights directed by Andrea Arnold.

Olivia’s international film projects include Bosnia’s first animated feature, Birds Like Us, voiced by Jeremy Irons and Alicia Vikander, Finding Altamira, starring Antonio Banderas and The Journey, Iraq’s Oscar in 2018. She has worked extensively in TV drama (including The Canterbury Tales, The Treasure Seekers, Roman Mysteries) and has a number of projects in current development in the UK and US. Sympathetic Ink, her company with producer Andy Paterson, develops and produces her work and others, including Danis Tanovic’s Tigers.

Olivia was President of the Writers’ Guild of Great Britain, which represents over 2,000 professional fiction writers. She is an experienced mentor of new writing talent, working with Arvon Foundation, the London Screenwriting Festival, Sarajevo Talent Campus, and several film schools. She was also selected for the prestigious NFTS/Disney Diverse Directors Workshop.

Olivia currently has several film projects in development and is also developing TV projects Hackabout with Sony and Song Of The Sun God with Synchronicity Films.




Incognito Films
In development
Chockstone Pictures
In development
Maven Screen Media
In development
  • Lesley Manville
  • Isabelle Huppert
  • Focus Features
    Raindog Films & Silver Reel Films
    In development

    Based on the best-selling novel by Kate Summerscale

    Rainmark Films
    In development

    Based on the novel by Neil Gunn

    Young Films
    In development

    Based on the novel by Georgette Heyer

    Sophy Limited
    In development
    Producer Alvaro Longoria & Andy Patterson
    Director Hugh Hudson
  • Antonio Banderas
  • Golshifteh Farahani
  • Rupert Everett
  • Pierre Niney
  • Nicholas Farrell
  • Drama about a young girl and her archaeologist father who discover pre-historic paintings in a cave in Spain

    Morena Films
    Post Production
    Producer Adnan Cuhara
    Director Faruk Sabanovic
  • Jeremy Irons
  • Alicia Vikander
  • Jim Broadbent
  • Animated feature film

    Prime Time
    Producer Robert Bernstein, Kevin Loader & Douglas Rae
    Director Andrea Arnold
  • Shannon Beer
  • Solomon Glave
  • James Howson
  • Paul Hilton
  • Simone Jackson
  • Kaya Scodelario
  • Feature film adaptation of Emily Bronte's classic novel
    Artificial Eye
    Girl With A Pearl Earring
    Nominated: BAFTA, Best Adapted Screenplay
    Producer Anand Tucker and Andy Paterson
    Director Peter Webber
  • Scarlett Johansson
  • Colin Firth
  • Tom Wilkinson
  • Judy Parfitt
  • Cillian Murphy
  • Feature film adapted from the novel by Tracy Chevalier
    Archer Street Productions
    Director Anthony Fabian
  • Brooke Kinsella
  • Lone Madsen
  • Oliver Tobias
  • Miriam Margolyes
  • Clare Matthews
  • Short film about a model and her self concious younger sister



    Synchronicity Films
    In development

    Drama about one of the most powerful women of the Middle Ages

    Rainmark for ITV1
    In development
    Producer David Ball
    Director Paul Marcus
  • Francesca Isherwood
  • Eli Machover
  • Harry Stott
  • Rebekah Brookes-Murrell
  • Stephen Mapes
  • Lead writer on the five-part BBC series based on Caroline Lawrence's best-selling children's novels
    The Little Entertainment Group for CBBC
    Producer Kate Bartlett
    Director Julian Jarrold
  • Nikki Amuka-Bird
  • Andrew Lincoln
  • Adam Kotz
  • Rakie Ayola
  • Kika Markham
  • Modern adaptation of Chaucer's classic tale
    Ziji Productions for BBC1
    Producer Paul Brown and Alan Horrox
    Director Stacey Stewart Curtis
  • Kevin Whately
  • Megan Follows
  • Alison Pill
  • Sophie Bennett
  • Michael Cera
  • Feature length TV drama adaptation of Susan Coolidge's novel
    Tetra Films for ITV1
    Producer Alan Horrox
    Director Cispin Reece
  • Ian Richardson
  • Rik Mayall
  • Pauline Quirke
  • Celia Imrie
  • Sarah-Jane Potts
  • Adaptation of Oscar Wilde's ghost story which aired on Boxing Day on ITV1
    Tetra Films for ITV1
    Producer Alan Horrox
    Director Juliet May
  • James Wilby
  • Nicholas Farrell
  • Gina McKee
  • Donald Sinden
  • Felicity Jones
  • Christmas day film about an Eighteenth Century inventor and his struggle to create a refrigeration machine
    Tetra Films for ITV1
    Producer Alan Horrox
  • James Hazeldine
  • Anita Dobson
  • Children's drama about a troubled young boy who is reluctantly fostered by a hard-working woman
    Tetra Films for Channel 4



    Play about John Henry Newman which was specially commissioned for the 450th anniversary Gala of Trinity College, Oxford
    Trinity College, Oxford



    Friday drama which deals with the aftermath of the Bosnian War
    Production Company BBC
    Broadcaster BBC Radio 4