Daina Reid

Director, Creator, Producer & Writer

Daina Reid began her film career as a comedy writer and actor before making the move behind the camera. Daina’s US work includes: The Handmaid’s Tale (Hulu) – her episode “Holly” received an Emmy® and a Director’s Guild of America nomination; The Outsider (HBO); Upload (Amazon); Space Force (Netflix) and David Makes Man (OWN/Warner Television) which won the 2020 Peabody Award, Entertainment category, as well as being nominated for Best Drama Series at the 2019 Critics’ Choice Awards.

In 2015, she directed Hunters, produced by Gale Anne Hurd (Syfy). Her UK credits include The Spanish Princess (Starz).

In Australia, Daina directed the series remake of the classic film Romper Stomper (Stan); Sunshine, a 4-part miniseries set in Melbourne’s South Sudanese community which won the 2017 AACTA Award (Best Telefeature or Miniseries) and the Australian Directors Guild (ADG) Award for Best Direction of a TV Miniseries; 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 set up Nowhere Boys which won the AACTA Award for Best Children’s Television Series. Other credits include: The Wrong Girl, as well as the final seasons of The Dr Blake Mysteries and Offspring; 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 commitment-phobe and a New Ager who buddy up to win the women of their dreams starring 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.

She currently has Run Rabbit Run starring Elizabeth Moss in development as well as a couple of television projects.

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