Daina Reid began her film career as a comedy writer and actor, before making the move behind the camera. Daina’s US episodic work includes The Handmaid’s Tale (Hulu) and David Makes Man (OWN/Warner Television). In 2015, she directed Hunters, produced by Gale Anne Hurd (Syfy). Her UK credits include The Spanish Princess (Starz).
In Australia, Daina most recently directed the series remake of the classic Australian film Romper Stomper, (Roadshow Rough Diamond/Stan) and Sunshine (Easy Tiger/Carver Films/SBS). Sunshine, a 4-part miniseries set in Melbourne’s South Sudanese community, won the 2017 AACTA award for Best Telefeature or Miniseries, and Daina won the Australian Directors Guild Award for Best Direction of a TV Miniseries. Her other Australian credits include The Wrong Girl, as well as the final seasons of The Dr Blake Mysteries and Offspring. She 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, their projects include 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 Nowhere Boys which won the Best Children’s Television Series AACTA Award. Daina’s other television credits include: 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 a commitment-phobe and a New Ager who buddy up to win the women of their dreams and 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.