River direc­tor’s ca­reer flow­ing

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Television -

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.

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