Giving voice to her dream
Weller returns to inspire local kids
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.”
RED CARPET READY: Former Coffs Harbour local Dianne Weller is no stranger to success on the world stage.