Our Patrons

The Purbeck Film Festival is proud to have three distinguished patrons with long and varied careers in the film industry.
We’d like to thank them for their continued support of the Festival.

I am so delighted to be part of a community that loves film, loves watching films together, loves the emerging or forgotten or unusual films as well as the very popular. Three cheers for the Purbeck Film Festival.

Sir Mark Rylance

Olivia Hetreed

Olivia Hetreed is the award-winning screenwriter of Girl with a Pearl
Earring, starring Scarlett Johansson and Colin Firth, a critically acclaimed adaptation of Wuthering Heights directed by Andrea Arnold, and Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris, the global box office hit starring Lesley Manville.

Her international films include Bosnia’s first animated feature, Birds Like Us, Iraq’s Oscar entry The Journey, and Spanish-UK co-pro Finding Altamira, directed by Hugh Hudson and starring Antonio Banderas.

Olivia is a very experienced international mentor of new writing talent from Eastern Europe to Southern India, and has a particular interest in encouraging writers from minority or disadvantaged backgrounds. As the former President of the Writers’ Guild
of Great Britain, the union which represents over 2,000 professional writers
in the UK, she led campaigns on bullying & harassment, gender equality and greater visibility for screenwriters.

Andy Paterson

Andy Paterson is a film producer whose past projects include the Oscar and BAFTA-nominated “Hilary and Jackie”, starring Emily Watson and Rachel Griffiths, the Oscar-winning “Restoration”, starring Robert Downey Jr, Hugh Grant and Meg Ryan, and “The Railway Man” starring Colin Firth and Nicole Kidman. He also produced “Girl With A Pearl Earring”, with Scarlett Johansson and Colin Firth, written by his wife and business partner, Olivia Hetreed.

Andy also campaigns tirelessly to promote the British Film industry. His recent work behind the scenes resulted in the introduction of the Independent Film Tax Credit (IFTC) – vitally
important incentives for the independent film sector.

Sir Mark Rylance

Sir Mark Rylance is an actor, director, and playwright, winning an Academy Award, three BAFTAs, two Olivier Awards and three Tony Awards to date.  As passionate advocate of Shakespeare, he was artistic direction of Shakespeare’s Globe between 1995 and 2005 and performed in a number of parts over the years including as Olivia in “Twelfth Night,” which earned him a Tony Award.  His film career includes parts in many notable films like “Bridge of Spies” and “Dunkirk,” showcasing his exceptional range.

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