AIDC 2019: John Brown hears pictures and films animals.

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Marleena Forward

Key wildlife cinematographer John Brown has two superpowers - he cherishes his friends and has a rare brain condition called synaesthesia.

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Image: promotional material for BBC's Dynasties - John Brown followed a troop of chimpanzees for two years. 

About the author

Marleena Forward is an award-winning Australian documentary director, cinematographer and editor based in Melbourne, Australia. In 2015 she completed a Masters of Film and Television (Documentary) at the Victorian College of the Arts. She has also travelled extensively in Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Australia.

Marleena also holds a diploma in Professional Writing and Editing from RMIT. Her writing has appeared in newspapers, magazines, travel guides, blogs and apps, and she has edited a range of both fiction and non-fiction books.


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