July 2020

Olivia Hetreed to adapt Song of The Sun God for television

‘Girl With A Pearl Earring’ Writer Olivia Hetreed Teams With Synchronicity Films To Adapt ‘Song Of The Sun God’ For TV.

Oscar-nominated ‘Girl With A Pearl Earring’ writer Olivia Hetreed is to adapt Shankari Chandran’s debut novel Song Of The Sun God for Synchronicity Films and Australia’s Dragonet Films.

Hetreed is working on a six-part series based on the 2017 novel, which is a family saga that brings to light an untold story of the conflict in Sri Lanka during the country’s two-decade-long civil war.

The novel is set across three generations, beginning in 1948 when the country gained independence, and journeying to the present day. Hetreed’s adaptation will focus on the youngest generation through Leela, a young woman living in London, who is disconnected from her culture and long-held family secrets.

Song Of The Sun God is a poignant, timely and deeply moving story of a conflict largely unexplored on screen, and in this case as seen through the prism of one family,” – Synchronicity managing director Claire Mundell.

More information can be found here.