LIL-I-ATH: [lil-ee-ath] noun. Elvish. “Laughter.” PE-NUM-BRA: [pi-nuhm-bruh] noun. Latin. A fringe region of half shadow resulting from the partial obstruction of light by an opaque object.
Diane is a writer/director who is drawn to magical realism and science fiction/fantasy. Her favourite topics to explore usually involve mental illness, or the dark side of love and spirituality. Her sense of humour is very dry, so she tends to stick to drama.
She received her Bachelor of Arts in Film Studies and Literature/Writing from Columbia University, and her Master of Fine Arts in Writing for the Screen + Stage from Northwestern University.
To better understand how the industry works, she spent time working as a Development Assistant for a producer in Los Angeles, and interned in acquisitions and production at companies like Focus Features and Darren Aronofsky’s Protozoa Pictures in New York. She also spent time as Darren Lynn Bousman’s Director’s Assistant for Saw IV, and shadowed Richard J. Lewis on CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. She even worked several years in the Sales & Industry Office of the Toronto International Film Festival, and the Public Box Office of the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival, to increase her network and watch great films.
Then, last year, she worked as an Office Production Assistant and Writers’ Room Assistant for Rookie Blue while they shot seasons 5 and 6. This year, she worked part-time as both Adriana Maggs’ and Shelley Eriksen’s personal assistant, while also freelancing as a story editor, copy-editor, and film critic.
Liliath & Penumbra is her company.