good fortune to be white, educated and
middle class afforded me the good fortune of
an interesting career. Even at fifteen, I knew
I wanted a job where each day would be different.
I wanted to learn about the world.”
Gorman is a filmmaker and writer.
Across a twenty year period she
has worked as an overseas producer on the science
and technology series BEYOND 2000 and on various
programs as a producer for the Australian Broadcasting
Corporation (ABC). Her credits include the arts
program REVIEW, the social issues series LIVING
IN THE NINETIES and the Information Technology
series HOT CHIPS.
She also produced and directed
two hour length documentaries UNDER SAIL and
NEXT TO NOTHING.
In 1998 she began producing on
ABC TV’S highly esteemed biographical
documentary series AUSTRALIAN STORY. Highlights
of that time include profiles of the legendary
Rugby league coach Wayne Bennett, international
tennis star Pat Rafter and Australian actor
and comedian Gary McDonald .
In 2001 her documentary LOSING
LAYLA screened on ABC TV. It was an intensely
personal video diary about the death of her
baby daughter and the journey of grief in the
months following. It won the ATOM Award for
best documentary 2001 and an Australian Film
Institute (AFI) nomination.
It has now been shown on networks around the
Vanessa also writes and lectures
on TV journalism and film making. As well as
newspaper and journal articles, her publications
include chapters in 'Always a Part of Me’
and ‘Australian Story - Behind the Scenes’
both for ABC Books.
Her first book LAYLA’S STORY,
a memoir of sex, love, loss and longing was
published by Penguin in 2005.
Vanessa lives on the North
Coast of NSW with her two children.