Thea Films’ aim is to produce meaningful, entertaining films that unite diverse cultures. Working across many artistic disciplines, we are keen to establish long term collaborations around the world.


Dolya founded Thea Films to create documentary and drama projects that focus on human issues at times of historical crisis, challenge stereotypes and reveal the compelling cultural stories that are often obscured by the dominant media. She has gathered an excellent team of researchers in Russia since working with Russian archives for several years, both for her first award-winning film Ukrainian Voices (Best Documentary Prize, London Independent Film Festival) and now Soviet Women which grew out of the highly successful Superwoman: Work Build and Don't Whine exhibition she curated and developed in partnership with the GRAD gallery in London.

As an actress Dolya has worked with leading film directors including Michael Winterbottom, Angelina Jolie, Trevor Nunn and Susanna White, most recently in the John Le Carre adaptation Our Kind of Traitor and has lately completed Ashes in the Snow, filmed in Lithuania. She has extensive experience in theatre, both as a performer and a producer of plays ranging from Shakespeare to contemporary classics and has written drama for BBC Radio. Raised in the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, she followed acting training in Moscow and London with a degree from Cambridge University. She went on to gain a PhD on Russian Theatre and Culture at Goldsmiths College, University of London.