Vanessa Gorman is a filmmaker and
writer who lives in Northern NSW, Australia.
Layla - the documentary
In 2001 the ABC aired Vanessa’s intimate
Video Diary documentary called Losing Layla
about the death of her baby daughter and the
journey that followed. This groundbreaking,
award winning film caused a sensation when it
aired for its raw and powerful look at the rollercoaster
Two years later, ABC TV’s Australian Story
program made a half hour follow up called Regarding
Raphael which chronicled the healing passage
of the birth of her son. The
DVD of both these films also contains a
home movie follow-up which celebrates the birth
of her daughter Francesca in 2005.
Layla’s Story - A memoir
of sex, love, loss and longing
Layla’s Story, the
book, is the extraordinary account of one
woman’s loss of her baby girl and the
devastating experience of grief that followed.
Told with humour and great warmth, Layla’s
Story is a book that will strike a chord with
women of all ages. With incredible honesty,
Vanessa lays bare her life and explores what
it means to be a modern woman. Ultimately it
is a story of profound redemption.