Orginally from Te Waipounamu (The South Island) 'shaky city' of Christchurch (Ōtautahi) New Zealand (birthplace of the Flying Nun label), Marcelle moved to Australia years ago.
An award-winning Kiwi-Australian, multi-disciplinary, director-designer, visual artist and filmmaker, Marcelle is about to head into pre-production on her debut feature, a bold romantic dramedy Addition with internationally acclaimed production company Made Up Stories.
She has recently directed the 9 episode, prestige unscripted show 'Undressed with Kathryn Eisman' for Made Up Stories, MMG, Paramount+ and Channel Ten.
She has been a trailblazing music video director, directed short and long form, commercials, live action and animation and she has been the creative Director of Australian art and surf label Mambo and has taught film production, direction, animation, vfx, illustration, interactive media and emerging tech at AIT, Sydney.
Marcelle is listed among the Australian Masters of Motion and her awards include Best Female Director, Rome Music Video Awards, Promax BDA Silver, Promax BDA Bronze for CCTV China Channel Branding, Rolling Stone Critic’s Choice Best Director, Australian Music Industry Award for Best Director, Rolling Stone’s Critic’s Choice for Best Video “Souleater”/Clouds and she was nominated as one of Australia’s 100 Spirited Women in New Woman Magazine.
Joelle is an award-winning film editor with over two decades experience in editing intimate, character-based documentaries, TV series, films and high-end commercials.
Her work has screened widely on ABC, SBS, Stan, Apple TV, Topic as well as high profile Australian and International film festivals.
Having immigrated from France to Australia to further her studies at the Victorian College of the Arts she started her career at Sydney’s prestigious post production house Karl Marks Films - now the Editors. From those early days her editing career has taken her around the world, she spent 2 years in Tokyo cutting a tv series for New York based broadcaster Global Japan followed by a freelancing stint in Paris.
Her passion for film and her craft ensures a creative commitment to each project and a keen sense of pacing and story structure.
Editing highlights include, Marcelle Lunam's feature documentary Habana Shakes , a window into youth culture in Havana, Danny Ben Moshe's feature documentary China's Artful Dissident which screened widely on ABC, Stan, Topic as well as film festivals internationally (winner of the Award of Excellence at the Impact Docs Award 2019 and short-listed for the 2019 Documentary Walkley Awards) // Scott Dale's film, Tommy won Joelle best editor at Long Story Shorts and the Focus Film Festival // Festival Records' documentary on legendary singer Jimmy Little toured multiple international and national film festivals including Flickerfest and the St Kilda short film festival // Australian short film Mother premiered nationally at MIFF and internationally at Berlin Interfilm // ABC 11 episode tv series, Wild Kitchen.
Joelle is a member of ASE (Australian Screen Editors).
Director of Photography
Mexican-British cinematographer Luis is an artist working between film and cross-media.
"Through my passion for documentary, photography and fine arts, I’m always in search for new stories to constitute my creative work.
I’m constantly challenging myself to find innovative ways to share emotional stories through different mediums."
"Since I started working on Habana Shakes, I got very excited about the subject and Marcelle’s ideas and references. From beginning to end, Marcelle has shown magnificent vision to explore the complexity of the situation with young Cuban artists with an intimate, contemporary and vibrant approach. This was no different to the rest of the team, who have done a wonderful job and managed to make such a stunning film under quite challenging conditions."
Camera Assist / B Camera
At only 19, Mahalia travelled from London to Cuba to meet us and double as our B Camera, Camera assistant, part data wrangler and our tiny production's 'zen rock'. She's gone on to much bigger films since - with a brilliant career working on Small Axe, Never Say Die, Bohemian Rhapsody, Wonder Woman, Succession and more.
Manfred Gay (Evelio)
Evelio Manfred Gay has a passion for sound.
With a Bachelor’s degree in Electronics, Film Sound Program from the University of the Arts, Havana, Cuba – and a Music & Sound Residence at The Banff Centre for the Arts, Banff, AB, Canada, Manfred’s career began with twelve intense years as music recording/mixer engineer (mainly at Abdala Music Recording Studios), during which he was nominated three times for the Best Recording Engineer of the Year award in the Cubadisco Music Fair, Cuba.
Manfred's work in film has gone to Sundance, TIFF, Berlin festivals and more with documentaries; Buenavista Social Club: Adios by two-time Oscar nominee Lucy Walker, Tocando la luz by Oscar nominee Jennifer Redfearn and The Cyclist by two-time Emmy winner Eugene Jarecky.
Manfred was production sound mixer for the Irish feature fiction film Viva, directed by Paddy Breathnach, shortlisted for Best Foreign Language Feature in the 88th Academy Awards.
He was also production mixer for the feature Últimos días en La Habana directed by Fernando Perez, which won the Best Sound Award at the 38th Havana Film Festival in 2017.
Manfred’s credits as Production Sound Mixer, recording sound for film and tv projects, include:
‘Skymed’ TV series. 2021. S1-Ep1-10.
‘Burden of Truth’ TV series. 2020. S4-Ep1&2.
‘Evil Toys’ Feature film. 2019. Dir Nicholas Verso.
‘Séance’ Feature film. 2018. Dir Simon Barrett.
‘We Summon The Darkness’ Feature film. 2018. Dir Marc Meyers. Under The Autum Moon. MOW. 2018. Dir Gary Yates.
‘Love in Design’ MOW. 2018. Dir Steven R. Monroe.
‘Into Invisible Light’ Feature. 2018. Dir Shelagh Carter
‘Snowed Inn’ MOW. 2018. Dir Gary Yates.
‘Un Traductor’ Feature film. 2018. Dir Rodrigo Barriuso.
‘Viva’ Feature film. 2014. Paddy Breathnatch.
‘Cabeza Madre’ Feature film. 2016. Edouard Salier.
‘Sergio y Sergei’ Feature Film. Dir 2016. Ernesto Daranas.
Manfred lives in Winnipeg, Canada.
Independent film producer and World Of Women’s Cinema: WOW Film Festival director, Tamara is experienced in delivering a wide range of films, programming/curation and distribution negotiation.
Currently, Tamara is studying a Masters of Arts Screen: Business at AFTRS and is in post production on a feature documentary 'Habana Shakes' with director Marcelle Lunam, which will be streaming in 2023.
Tamara has been a guest of Cannes International Film Festival, Directors Fortnight as producer of the short film Unit #52, writer/director Tony Krawitz (Dead Europe, Jew Boy). Tamara has also attended Marche Du Film to secure sales agents and distributors for her feature film Monkey Puzzle and feature projects in development.
Her short films as producer have been nominated for AFI awards including A Natural Talent (winning the Jameson Award Best Australian Short Film at Flickerfest) and her documentary Sydney at War – the Untold Story (broadcast SBS) screened at Sydney Film Festival, voted the top ten documentaries for that year and was nominated for an IF Award Best Documentary.
Her films Help Me, A Natural Talent, Unit #52 and Sydney at War all screened at the Sydney Film Festival over the span of 4 years.
Most recently ‘12 STEPS’ screened at Adelaide Film Festival and selected numerous international short film and comedy festivals.
Tamara has also attended many international film festivals including Berlinale (Berlin Film Festival), AFM (American Film Market -
Los Angeles), and IWFF (International Women’s Film Festival) Israel as an international juror.
Her feature film Monkey Puzzle was selected for many international film festivals including Official Competition Sao Paulo FF. Cork FF and won the Best Environmental Film Award at Shanghai International FF.
Colorist & online artist
"I was very excited when Tamara and Marcelle contacted me to work on Habana Shakes because it was a chance to work on a fascinating social, cultural and political film. My job was to develop the right look, to enhance the colors and their meanings. The mix between “traditional film” and “digital modernity” was the obvious choice.
The piece gracefully blends music, dance and interviews. The “skate day” was my favorite sequence because it encompasses the will of the youth to make changes in the country. The youth of Cuba (and the youth around the world) are smart and care about their future. Sometimes, old people need to be reminded of that.
I was very happy to help the team tell their story and I am sure this film will be loved worldwide."
Passionate about cinema, editing and post-production, Clément works as an editor and a colourist. His career spans both short and long form in films, documentaries, commercials, video clips, TV-shows, and animations.
He's also a Visual Effects artist and his credits include: The Dry (2020), The Power of the Dog (2021) and Nine Perfect Strangers (2021)
Sound Design and Mix
Liam has been working in sound for over 30 years and has 40 feature film credits as sound designer/sound supervisor. With a long career in sound design for film, documentary and television Liam has also, in recent years, contributed to the sound for a variety of screen-based art works, virtual reality films and fulldome cinema. He has won, and been nominated for, many sound awards during his career including the 2009 AFI for Best Sound and ASSG best achievement in Film Sound Design for Samson and Delilah (dir. Warwick Thornton, 2009); the 2010 IF award for best sound design and ASSG award for best achievement in Film Sound Design for Beneath Hill 60 (dir. Jeremy Sims, 2010); and has been nominated for many more.