Daina Reid is a highly sought-after director of network, cable and premium cable television in Australia, the UK and US. Her most recent directing credits include stints on second season of the critically acclaimed drama The Handmaid’s Tale; The Spanish Princess for Starz; the series remake of the classic Australian film Romper Stomper and Sunshine - a 4-part miniseries set in Melbourne’s South Sudanese community. Sunshine won the 2017 Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Award (AACTA) for Best Telefeature or Miniseries, and Daina took home the Australian Directors’ Guild Award (ADG) for Best Direction.
In 2016, she directed and co-produced the mini-series adaptation of The Secret River by Kate Grenville, which premiered at the Sydney Film Festival, and won the Silver Logie for Most Outstanding Miniseries or Telemovie. She directed Hunters, an alien conspiracy series for SyFy produced by Gale Anne Hurd (The Walking Dead) based on the best-selling novel Alien Hunter.
Her Australian directing credits include Offspring; The Wrong Girl; Nowhere Boys; The Dr Blake Mysteries; Never Tear Us Apart: The Untold Story of INXS; Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries; Satisfaction; Rush and City Homicide, to name a few. Daina is a frequent collaborator of award-winning producer John Edwards. Their collaborations 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.
Daina Reid began her screen career as a comedy writer and actor, before making the move behind the camera.
In 2017, Daina received the Michael Carson Award at the ADGs, in recognition of her excellent contribution to Television Drama Directing. She received nominations for Best Direction AACTA and AFI Awards for Never Tear Us Apart: The Untold Story of INXS and Satisfaction respectively.
She is currently in development on a thriller feature for Carver Films (The Snowtown Murders).