Manan was born in Zimbabwe in the 60’s and is still a displaced African at heart. She moved around a lot as a child and once she left school spent many years travelling and living abroad. She studied photography in South Africa and later worked in the film industry, primarily in the production department, then later as a camera assistant and sound assistant. After moving to London in the late 80’s she drifted into advertising where she first cultivated her love of Photoshop.

In 2001 she moved to New Zealand with her Kiwi partner and 2 beautiful daughters, and settled in Pukerua Bay just outside Wellington.

Always restless and looking for a creative challenge, she attended the Learning Connexion in Island Bay. There she discovered a technique where she could combine her love of photography, Photoshop and paint. She spent the next few years painting whilst still doing graphic design work, shooting for pleasure and selling her images through photo libraries.

After her photographic studies back in the 80’s Manan always had a yearning to be involved with the moving image, so, in 2013, bit the bullet and enrolled at the New Zealand Film School in Wellington, where she was immersed in all things cinematic in the year long course.

Having just graduated she now hopes to combine all of her creative disciplines in producing evocative films & music videos. Her main areas of interest are video editing (Final Cut Pro x & Avid) and Director of Photography. She also enjoys film production work, still paints and is happy to accept commissions.