Marleena Forward is an Australian documentary director and cinematographer based in Melbourne, Australia. In 2015 she completed a Masters of Film and Television (Documentary) at the Victorian College of the Arts.


Marleena has shot documentary content for media organisations such as the ABC, SBS, The Guardian Australia, Vice and various production companies. Recent documentary projects she has contributed to include Pandemicland (SBS, 2021), Strong Women (ABC, 2021), No Time For Quiet (documentary feature, 2019), We Are Sexual Beings (SBS, 2022) and Magda’s Big Health Check (ABC, 2022). She has also worked with ABC International, creating documentary video series in Fiji (2019) and Samoa (2022). Corporate clients include cultural institutions such as ACMI, State Library Victoria and ANAM. Marleena is a Full member of the Australian Cinematographers Society.


Marleena’s two self-directed shorts won awards from the Human Rights and Arts Film Festival (Australia), the Vincent de Paul Just Art awards, and the Golden Lens Awards (China). 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.


If you are interested in working with Marleena in the future, please get in touch via the Contact page.





I acknowledge this country’s traditional owners and original storytellers, the First Nations People all across Australia, on whose lands I live and work. I pay my respects to Elders past, present and emerging, and acknowledge that sovereignty was never ceded.