Daina Reid started her career in the film and television industry as a comedy writer and actor, appearing alongside Eric Bana, Shaun Micallef and Rachel Griffiths before making the move behind the camera. Over the last decade, she has cemented her position as one of Australia’s most sought-after directors of premium drama and event television.
In 2016, Daina directed the highly anticipated US SyFy series Hunters, for producers Gale Anne Hurd and Natalie Chaidez. The alien conspiracy series is based on Whitley Strieber’s best-selling novel Alien Hunter. Her recent Australian credits include The Wrong Girl and season seven of Offspring for Network Ten, and season five of The Doctor Blake Mysteries for the ABC.
Last year, she directed and co-produced the two-part television mini-series adaptation of the award-winning novel The Secret River by Kate Grenville. The series premiered at Sydney Film Festival and follows William Thornhill, who in 1806 is sentenced to New South Wales for life only to be drawn into a terrifying conflict that leaves a bloody and indelible stain on Australia’s history. The Secret River screened at the 2016 FIPA (Festival International De Programmes Audiovisuels) in Biarritz, France.
Daina has been a frequent collaborator with award-winning producer John Edwards on projects including Paper Giants: The Birth of Cleo (Southern Star/ABC) the story of journalist and editor Ita Buttrose and the heir to Australia’s most powerful publishing family, Kerry Packer, who started Cleo magazine in 1972; and Howzat! Kerry Packer’s War (Southern Star/Nine) which followed Packer’s rise to the most influential man in the history of Australian sport. Both mini-series received AACTA award nominations for Best Direction. Following the success of The Birth of Cleo, Daina directed the follow up Paper Giants: Magazine Wars, the story of the golden years of the glossies and the battle for supremacy waged by Nene King and Dulcie Boling over their respective publications.
In 2013, she directed the multi-award winning Nowhere Boys, a high-concept action-adventure series for Matchbox Pictures/NBCU. Daina also directed the mini-series Never Tear Us Apart: The Untold Story of INXS (Seven Network/Shine Australia), which premiered to over 2.8 million viewers and screened on Showtime in the US. Her other television credits include Ready for This, Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries, Offspring, Rush, and City Homicide to name a few.
Her first feature film, I Love You Too, about a commitment-phobe and a New Ager who buddy-up to win over the women of their respective dreams, starred Yvonne Strahovski and Peter Dinklage.