River director’s career flowing
PERTH director and former comedian Daina Reid would love to film something in her home town.
Her busy schedule of filming episodes of television series such as The Secret Life Of Us and Offspring and hit mini-series Howzat! Kerry Packer's War and Never Tear Us Apart: The Untold Story of INXS has kept her from visiting Perth as frequently as she would like.
Speaking to Community Newspaper Group ahead of her latest mini-series The Secret River airing on ABC, Reid said she was keen to come back soon.
“My parents just sold the house I grew up in; they just went around the corner but they are still in Dianella,” she said.
“I haven’t been back to visit them for a while, the last time was for a friend’s wedding, but my parents come here on holidays to visit.
“I would love to go back and film in Western Australia.”
Reid left Perth to pursue her career after graduating from Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts in 1990.
She scored a spot on comedy show Full Frontal in 1994 opposite Eric Bana, but made her television directorial debut with two episodes of Blue Heelers in 2002.
She said she still thinks of Perth as home.
“My first job was at Betts and Betts in the city and I also worked part time in a surf shop in Scarborough, I went to school in Dianella and at John Forrest, it is still home, it doesn’t leave you,” she said.
“I still go for the West Coast Eagles.”
The Secret River is about the colonisation of Australia and the dispossession of indigenous Australians, which she described as a “fantastic challenge.”
“I am interested in the journey of life which is the same for everybody and people overcoming, or not overcoming, their flaws within,” she said.
When asked if she would ever go back to comedy, she responds with a resounding “no.”
“I am glad I did comedy acting, I loved the people I met and interacted with; there are some amazing comedy brains, but no,” she said.
The Secret River screens on Sunday, June 14 and Sunday, June 21 on ABC.
Daina Reid on the set of mini-series
The Secret River.