After receiving her Master’s degree in Literature and Cinema from the Université de Montréal, a Distinction in Music (piano) and completing two years of study at l’École des Beaux-Arts, Diane Cailhier was involved in radio programs at Radio-Canada as researcher and announcer for Gens de mon pays, adapter of novels for Lectures de chevet, and fiction writer for L’Atelier.
Her first screenplay to go in production was La Piastre. It was followed by three award-winning made-for-TV films: Des amis pour la vie, Une nuit à l’école and Le Jardin d’Anna. In 2005, her fourth feature film, Le Survenant, adapted from Germaine Guèvremont’s novel of the same name, was a box-office success in hundreds of Quebec theaters. She also co-directed a feature-length documentary, Une vie comme rivière (Finalist at the 1997 Gémeaux Awards) and authored screenplays and narrations for many other documentaries.
Diane also wrote two award-winning 6-part TV series: Chartrand et Simonne, broacast in 2000, (six Gémeaux Awards, including Best drama series, and nominations for Best screenplay, dramatic program) and Chartand et Simonne, in 2003.
In fall 2013, Lac Mystère, her adaptation of Andrée A. Michaud’s novel, Mirror Lake, will be released.