Daina Reid began her film career as a comedy writer and actor, before making the move behind the camera. Over the past fifteen years, she has cemented her position as one of Australia’s most sought-after directors.
Daina is currently in production on Sunshine for Essential Media and SBS, a 4-part miniseries set in Melbourne’s South Sudanese community. Sunshine will have an opening night screening at Series Mania festival in 2017. Daina’s other recent credits include directing Jessica Marais in The Wrong Girl, as well as the most recent seasons of The Dr Blake Mysteries and Offspring. In 2015 she directed Hunters, an alien conspiracy series produced by Gale Anne Hurd (The Walking Dead) based on the best-selling novel Alien Hunter, which aired on Syfy in the US. She also directed and co-produced the mini-series adaptation of The Secret River by Kate Grenville, which premiered at the Sydney Film Festival, and screened at the FIPA (Festival International De Programmes Audiovisuels) in Biarritz, France.
Daina is a frequent collaborator of award-winning producer John Edwards, and has worked on projects including Paper Giants: The Birth of Cleo and Howzat! Kerry Packer’s War, both of which received AACTA award nominations for Best Direction. Following the success of The Birth of Cleo, Daina directed the follow-up Paper Giants: Magazine Wars. In 2013, she directed the multi-award winning Nowhere Boys, an action-adventure series for Matchbox Pictures/NBCU. Daina’s other television credits include: Offspring; The Dr Blake Mysteries; Never Tear Us Apart; The Untold Story of INXS; Ready for This; Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries; Rush and City Homicide to name a few. Her first feature film, I Love You Too, about a friendship between a commitment-phobe and a new ager, starred Yvonne Strahovski and Peter Dinklage.
In 2017, Daina received the Michael Carson Award at the Australian Directors’ Guild Awards, in recognition of her excellent contribution to TV Drama Directing.