Daniel was born in Singapore and raised in Singapore, Jakarta, Sydney and Los Angeles. While studying at the University of Sydney, he became extremely active in underground theater before moving onto distribution at ICON Films Australia in 2007. He subsequently moved to Beijing and as a freelance journalist wrote on youth culture for such publications as YEN, Dazed & Confused, The Sydney Morning Herald, Arena UK and Vice Magazine. In the midst of the Summer Games, he returned to Los Angeles to pursue an MFA in Film Production at the University of Southern California.
His screenplay for the short Blackbird, about Latino siblings in East LA on the verge of discovering their sexuality, was a nominee for the 2011 Student Academy Awards for Best Dramatic Short. In 2012, he was a recipient of the Panavision Young Filmmaker Award, the Eastman Kodak Film Grant, as well as the Jeffrey Jones Scholarship for Screenwriting. The feature version of his thesis A Better Place than This was a pre-select in contention for the 2013 Sundance Screenwriter’s Lab.
- Read an interview with Daniel at thisiscollective.com