We are privileged to welcome Olivia Hetreed and Andy Paterson to the screening in Studland on Saturday, 23 October at 7.30pm. They will introduce the film and talk about their experiences of screenwriting and producing Girl With a Pearl Earring.


After a successful career as a film editor of documentaries, TV drama and film, Olivia Hetreed moved to the other end of the production line. She wrote a series of highly acclaimed family films for ITV including The Treasure Seekers and The Canterville Ghost.

The hit film Girl with a Pearl Earring, adapted from Tracy Chevalier’s best-selling novel and starring Colin Firth and Scarlett Johansson, was nominated for and won multiple awards worldwide. Non-film work includes The Canterbury Tales: The Man of Law’s Tale for the BBC and Zero for Radio Four. She wrote Series One of The Roman Mysteries, a landmark TV series for CBBC. Olivia is currently working on a feature adaptation of Wuthering Heights for Ecosse Films and a major drama series for ITV, among other projects.

Olivia is an experienced mentor to developing screenwriters and works with students at the London Film School, Royal Holloway College, University of Westminster and others, as well as giving master-classes and many panel appearances. As Chair of the Film Committee at the Writers’ Guild of Great Britain she tries to represent the best interest of screenwriters and raise their profile inside and outside the industry. She is also on the Board of the Screenwriters’ Festival.


Andy Paterson is a British producer best known for period pieces ‘Restoration’ and ‘Girl with a Pearl Earring’ and Bobby Darin biopic ‘Beyond The Sea,’ ‘Incendiary’ and The Railway Man’ etc.

A student of film, he was an avid film watcher. So he made his first student movie. He was lucky to get associated with John Schlesinger, who later won an Academy Award for best director for Midnight Cowboy. It is John who advised him to think of camera and then search for scripts.

As a student, he had an idea of making short films, but then he thought it would be more proper to venture into a movie. His urge for filmmaking knew no boundaries. That is how he got the chance of coming into the business of making a movie, and the film was purchased by BBC.

A long time ago, there was no film school. He found a cameraman and an editor at London Film School and they handled the rest. The students worked on a script. But before such activities, Paterson was a Bolton School old boy, who had spent three decades making movies.

His career which started in Oxford with Hugh Grant’s first film. Now he has encompassed both Hollywood and independent films. It is his firm belief in cinema and arts that went to make Paterson an award-winning film producer.

After leaving Bolton School in 1977, he read Physics at Oriel College, Oxford where he and a group of colleagues, including his future wife, Olivia Hetreed, made their first film. That is how his journey in filmmaking began. After graduation, he worked for BBC TV news alongside Kate Adie and John Humphreys. After this he embarked on life as an independent filmmaker, producing a film.

In 2013 Andy produced ‘The Railway Man’ which was directed by Jonathan Teplitzky. The film was an adaptation of the autobiography named The Railway Man by Eric Lomax and had famous stars, Colin Firth, Nicole Kidman, and the film was premiered at Toronto International Film Festival in 2013.

In the year 2003, Andy Paterson co-produced an American musical drama ‘Beyond the Sea’ which was directed, co-produced and co-written by Kevin

‘Girl with a Pearl Earring’ released in 2003, was directed by Peter Webber and produced by Andy Paterson.  The film received nominations for ten three Academy Awards, British Academy Film Awards,  and two Golden Globe Awards.

In 1998, Andy Paterson and Nicolas Kent jointly produced a British biographical film ‘Hilary and Jackie’ which was directed by Anand Tucker. Rachel Griffiths and Emily Watson who were the leading actresses of the movie received a nomination for the best-supporting-actress and best actress for Academy Award.

This prolific producer made his stunning debut as a producer alongside Cary Brokaw. Both of them produced the movie ‘Restoration’ which was directed by Micheal Hoffman. It was an adaptation of a novel of the same name by Rose Tremain. The film was filmed at Wales and won two Academy Awards.

In the year 2014, Andy Paterson co-produced an Indian- international movie ‘Tigers’ that featured Bollywood actor Emraan HashmiEmraan Hashmi. The film had a distribution by Zee Film and released at Toronto film festival in September.