Giv­ing voice to her dream

Weller re­turns to in­spire lo­cal kids

The Coffs Coast Advocate - - YOUR SAY -

DIANNE Weller has re­turned to the Coffs Coast this sum­mer fol­low­ing sig­nif­i­cant suc­cess over­seas.

Over the past two years, she has been per­form­ing and di­rect­ing in the UK, in Europe and work­ing in the USA as a re­spected voiceover artist.

Re­cently she ap­peared in the Dis­ney TV pro­duc­tion of Find Me in Paris, was cast in The

Miss­ing: Sea­son 2 and Ca­su­alty with BBC One TV in the UK and fea­tured in three sig­nif­i­cant BBC Ra­dio4 drama se­ries.

Ad­di­tion­ally, she was nom­i­nated for an in­ter­na­tional award for the So­ci­ety of Voice Arts and Sciences Voice Arts Awards at Warner Bros Stu­dios in LA.

Dianne wants to in­spire “coun­try kids” and to in­stil in them the courage to pur­sue their dreams in the arts.

Dianne grew up in Coffs Har­bour, at­tend­ing St Au­gus­tine’s Pri­mary School and Orara High.

She went on to grad­u­ate from the Uni­ver­sity of West­ern Sydney at Ne­pean where she stud­ied with the likes of Joel Edger­ton be­fore mov­ing to London in the late 1990s.

She has lived in Brus­sels and London for the past two decades, now with her hus­band – Bel­gian film pro­duc­tion de­signer Frederic Del­rue – and their two daugh­ters, Far­rah, 12, and Grace, 7.

Dianne is pas­sion­ate and wants young peo­ple study­ing and work­ing in ru­ral or coastal towns, to know suc­cess is pos­si­ble on an in­ter­na­tional stage.

“I re­ally want young Aus­tralian artists, those in coun­try areas – just like I was – to know they can suc­ceed and re­alise their dreams,” she said.

“I have en­joyed some big pro­fes­sional breaks work­ing with high pro­file artists like Ni­cole Kid­man, Naomi Watts and Noah Tay­lor,.

“I have been for­tu­nate to branch out into many as­pects of performance, coach­ing and di­rect­ing in my ca­reer.

“I am now branch­ing into the video game world, work­ing with pi­o­neer gam­ing com­pany, Fron­tier Pro­duc­tions on Elite

Dan­ger­ous, in­ter­na­tion­ally ac­claimed and Bafta nom­i­nated di­rec­tor, Tom Kee­gan and Ma­chine Games on one of their up­com­ing ven­tures, as well as ac­claimed ac­tress, DB Cooper, on Yg­gdrazil Co Ltd’s award-win­ning Home Sweet Home.”

Through Dianne’s work in the Flem­ish The­atre scene, she re­ceives a bur­sary from the Flem­ish Gov­ern­ment in Bel­gium which al­lows her to make and tour her own the­atre work.

Ad­di­tion­ally she hosts in­ter­na­tional train­ing cour­ses to raise and de­velop the skills of other tal­ented artists in Brus­sels and Am­s­ter­dam.

“These achieve­ments have been sig­nif­i­cant for me as an artist and the spec­trum I work in is quite var­ied and some­thing I re­ally en­joy,” Dianne added.

“I feel that it’s re­ally im­por­tant for other young artists to know that an in­ter­na­tional ca­reer is pos­si­ble. Don’t take no for an an­swer, strive and never lis­ten to those neg­a­tive voices. For those who are told ‘get a real job’ – the arts is a vi­tal av­enue to tell those sto­ries, to in­spire, to ed­u­cate, to unite and to achieve great things.”

Photo: Con­trib­uted

RED CAR­PET READY: For­mer Coffs Har­bour lo­cal Dianne Weller is no stranger to suc­cess on the world stage.

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