Daina Reid began her film career as a comedy writer and actor before making the move behind the camera. Most recently, Daina’s US work includes The Shining Girls (Apple) starring Elizabeth Moss and The Handmaid’s Tale (Hulu). Her episode “Holly” received an Emmy® and a Director’s Guild of America nomination. In 2021, the series was nominated for “Best Streaming Series- Drama” at the Hollywood Critics Awards. Daina Reid has directed The Outsider (HBO), Upload (Amazon), Space Force (Netflix) and David Makes Man (OWN/Warner Television), which won the 2020 Peabody Award in the Entertainment category. David Makes Man was additionally nominated for Best Drama Series at the 2019 Critics’ Choice Awards.
In Australia, Daina directed the series remake of the classic film Romper Stomper (Stan); Sunshine (SBS), 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. Daina directed the mini-series adaptation of The Secret River by Kate Grenville, which premiered at the Sydney Film Festival and screened at the 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 miniseries Paper Giants: Magazine Wars. In 2013, she established Nowhere Boys which won the AACTA Award for Best Children’s Television Series. Other credits include The Wrong Girl, the final seasons of The Dr Blake Mysteries, 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, starred Yvonne Strahovski and Peter Dinklage, and told the story of a commitment-phobe and a New Ager who buddy up to win the women of their dreams.
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 is currently in post production on feature Run Rabbit Run as a number of television projects.