Born in Scotland, Diane has lived a less than conventional life. She traveled across the globe to go from Ashtanga Yoga instructor in Barcelona to Sundance filmmaker .
Diane started her career in film as a screenwriter and moved to LA after optioning her first script to Wind Dancer Features. She went on to be hired to rewrite a script for legendary director John McTiernan (DIE HARD, PREDATOR, etc), and then wrote an original script with him. She has written a number of other commissioned and optioned screenplays.
Diane’s first feature as writer and director, OBSELIDIA, premiered in the US Dramatic Competition at the Sundance Film Festival 2010, where it won the Alfred P. Sloan Award and the award for Excellence in Cinematography. It was nominated for two Independent Spirit Awards 2011, including one for Best First Screenplay. It won acclaim at festivals around the world, including being named as Best of Fest at the Edinburgh Film Festival, Best Narrative Feature at Ashland Indpendent Film Festival, and winning the Youth Jury Prize for Best Film at the Valladolid Festival, Spain.
Her screenplay, STEM, was selected for the Sundance Screenwriter’s Lab in January 2011, where it was awarded the Sloan Fellowship. She was selected for the inaugural Women in Film/Sundance Mentorship program in 2012.
Diane’s second feature as writer/director, BLEEDING HEART, a feminist thriller starring Jessica Biel and Zosia Mamet premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival, April 2015 and was widely released in the US by Gravitas in Nov 2015.
She is currently in post production on her third feature, OF DUST AND BONES.
With her husband and producing partner, Chris Byrne, she launched the Rebel Heart Film Workshop, teaching 2 day intensives on how to make a stand out indie film. She is passionate about sharing her experiences making films to empower other filmmakers with real life knowledge.
Chris has clocked up decades of filmmaking experience as an actor (credits include TITANIC and MAD CITY), a stunt man, a military tech advisor (to director John McTiernan) and a camera assistant, learning all the nuts and bolts of physical production on literally dozens of sets.
He produced the Sundance award winning feature, OBSELIDIA, and was subsequently selected for the Film Independent Producer’s Lab 2011 and as a participant in the Sundance Institute Producer’s Summit 2012. He has directed commercials, and produced and directed an acclaimed short film, THE TABLE, which played at festivals around the world.
In 2014, together with Diane Bell, he launched the Rebel Heart Film Workshop, teaching step by step how to make a stand out indie film.
Wherever you are in your process, Chris and Diane are available to work with you to help you realize your aims. Bringing a wealth of hands on knowledge and experience, they can help you avoid problems that could sink your film before you even shoot it.
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