Leaders, Lecturers & Tour Managers

Diane Perelsztejn

Raised in Brussels, Diane, a native French and Flemish speaker, migrated to Melbourne in 1996. She is a multi award-winning independent documentary film-maker, having graduated in 1981 from the Institut des Arts de Diffusion, in Louvain-La-Neuve, Belgium. Diane has been fortunate to travel extensively throughout Europe, Asia and the US to produce her documentaries about history, art and music. Her films have been widely broadcast and distributed around the world. Her documentary Kathleen Ferrier (2012), on the British contralto singer, narrated by Charlotte Rampling, has been released worldwide on Decca. Her latest documentary The Paper Brigade (2019) tells the moving story of how a small band of Jewish poets and writers saved priceless collections of books and manuscripts from destruction during the Nazi occupation of Lithuania, and then again during the Sovietisation of the Baltic states.

Diane also pursues a passion for singing. She graduated in 1994 in classical singing from Académie de Musique in Anderlecht, Belgium, and has taught French for singing and French opera at the Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne. Diane has been working with ASA since 2013 and is taking tours throughout Europe.

Past Tours

Diane has lectured on the following ASA tours:

  • Beyond Chocolate and Windmills: Cultural Treasure of the Low Countries (2017 & 2019)