a writer a lover and maker of films and a Captain
My voice as a writer and director is that of a curious tone. I find connections in disparate things, notions and situations and turn them on their head to recreate a startling new viewpoint which is personal, emotional and spiritual in nature.
I favor real over perfection and always seek honest connection. My heart collects these experiences in the real world then my imagination captures it's essence through my love of cinema.
Influences that follow me to this day is the compassionate eye of Sean Baker films and the simplicity of Carl Th. Dreyer's work, in particular "The Passion of Joan of Arc".
From the EPK: An Aussie expat living in NYC for the past nine years, she shot "Cloud Gazing" to get her feet wet as a first time filmmaker (on the contrary, she's drenched to the bone and quite philosophical about this). She cooks a mean chicken soup and as a humble gesture wants to make friends who can help her make more films that bring a deeper empathy, compassion and humor to a world that feels heavy (at times) on differences.
  • Acting (1 Credit)
    Cloud Gazing2019
    Short
  • Producer (1 Credit)
    Cloud Gazing2019
    Short
  • Writer (1 Credit)
    Cloud Gazing2019
    Short
  • Director (1 Credit)
    Cloud Gazing2019
    Short
Official Selection
Cloud Gazing
Octopus Marquee Independent Film Festival
2022
Quarter-Finalist
Cloud Gazing
Serbest International Film Festival
Comtat
2022
Semi-Finalist
Cloud Gazing
Transparent Film Festival
NYC
2022
Official Selection
Cloud Gazing
NYC Indie Theatre Film Festival
NYC
2022
Official Selection
Cloud Gazing
NewFilmmakers NY
NYC
2021
Official Selection
Cloud Gazing
Shockfest Silver Bullet Film Festival
2021
Official Selection
Cloud Gazing
International Portrait Film Festival
Sofia
2021
Finalist
Cloud Gazing
Swedish international Film Festival
Arvika
2021
Nominee
Cloud Gazing
Madrid International Short Film Festival
Madrid
2021
"Best Animated/Experimental/Music Video" Nomination
Cloud Gazing
Festival of Cinema NYC
NYC
2021
Official Selection
Cloud Gazing
Chain NYC Film Festival
NYC
2021
Finalist
Cloud Gazing
Toronto Indie Filmmakers Festival
Toronto
2021
Honorable Mention
Cloud Gazing
Roma Short Film Festival
Roma
2021
Finalist
Cloud Gazing
New Wave Short Film Festival
Munich
2021
Honorable Mention
Cloud Gazing
Tokyo International Short Film Festival
Tokyo
2021
Honorable Mention
Cloud Gazing
Fullshot Film Festival
Venice
2021
Finalist
Cloud Gazing
Seoul International Film Festical
Seoul
2021
Finalist
Cloud Gazing
Beyond The Curve International Film Festival
Paris
2021
Official Selection
Cloud Gazing
New York Tri-State International Film Festival
New York
2021
Official Selection
Cloud Gazing
The Blue Ridge Film Festival
Blue Ridge, Georgia
2021
Official Selection
Cloud Gazing
Cinema Femme Short Film Festival
2021
Best "New York Stories" and Best "Female Acting" Nominees
Cloud Gazing
The Artist Forum Festival of the Moving Image
NYC
2020
Finalist
Cloud Gazing
Lonely Seal International Film, Screenplay and Music Festival
Boston, MA
2020
Winner
Cloud Gazing
Wallachia International Film Festival
Bucharest
2020
Honorable Mention
Cloud Gazing
Experimental Forum
Los Angeles
Birth Date
May 23
Birth City
Brisbane (Australia)
Current City
New York City
Hometown
Melbourne (Australia)
Zodiac Sign
Gemini
Children
two cats named Boris & Indy
1. Auditions were done over FaceTime with the express encouragement to come as you are, breathe as you are, be as you are and just banter with the director. No script. Just improv. Shannon Whalen was having such a great time during the audition that her parting words were "You know what? I don't care if the script turns out to be terrible, I like you so much, I'll do it anyway". She was requested for a callback then and there.
2. Dianne conducted an array of callbacks during her work hours as a host at a co-working space in Union Square (NYC). She weaved in saying her lines to other actresses auditioning for the role of 'Dylan' whilst giving stellar customer service to her members. It was the improv leaping off from the scripted pages amidst people coming in and out of the building that made the callbacks all the more memorable.
3. Shannon Whalen's callback was conducted during Dianne's lunch break at Phebe's Tavern (East Village) whilst having an argument with Dianne's ex-husband at the time. All of this was done over a salmon burger and wedge fries.
"I am a woman with a steady, beating heart, standing in front of her calling. I'm here. Let's do this." - Dianne Diep (Writer + Dir.)
a writer a lover and maker of films and a Captain
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