Reviews & feedback about Losing
Layla - the documentary
'Losing Layla is extraordinary,
brave and confronting.'
'This exceptional documentary
is about as raw and honest and hard to watch
as television gets. Even the most stone hearted
viewer will need to reach for tissues.'
'Nothing could prepare me for
the confronting ABC TV film, Losing Layla, a
video diary which takes viewers on an intensely
personal emotional journey into every parents
worst nightmare....an extraordinary film ....groundbreaking
television..this is grief writ large. This is
reality television in all its goriness. This
is real people suffering real grief.....Watch
this film if you can, for its portrayal of the
joy of life and the tragedy of death may become
something you treasure too.'
'Her extraordinary film
Losing Layla..is a harrowing account of a couple’s
journey into emotional hell following the death
of their newborn daughter. Yet it is also the
story of how in this dark place they found something
intensely special- the knowledge that life and
death are part of our existence and that love
and compassion is out there for those who need
'Losing Layla is a profoundly
affecting film and Vanessa Gorman has nurtured
something very special.'
'What started as a film
about a mother and father’s differing
responses to the impending birth of their child
became, instead, one of the most heartbreaking
depictions of a mothers grief for her dead baby
ever shown on television, both here and overseas.
Through Losing Layla we saw not just the death
of Layla but perhaps, the death of every child,
and not just the grief of Vanessa Gorman, but
the universal grieving of all mothers for a
The Australian Women’s
'Last month, mother’s
groups and offices all around Australia were
abuzz with discussions of Vanessa Gorman’s
remarkable documentary Losing Layla. When I
saw the ads for the documentary, I’ll
admit I was skeptical....But after seeing the
results, I can only be grateful that Gorman
was prepared to share her loss. Gorman is the
most devoted and committed of mothers and her
grief was overwhelming to watch.'
'It began as a simple documentary
about what having a child can do to a relationship....The
film finally became a shocking, confronting
piece of television.'
'It raises ethical issues
as clearly as it parades a mothers grief at
the infant death of her daughter and the father’s
confusion over his responses and responsibility.
Tricky but compelling viewing.'
'..it’s a gripping
film- ...simply because the subject matter is
so confronting. Losing Layla will make some
people angry and some people sad , but it may
also help others survive a difficult time of
grieving.' Sydney Morning Herald
' The documentary that started
out looking at how a baby could change a couple’s
relationship , ended in a raw, heartwrenching
and incredibly intimate depiction of grief.
Losing Layla is a film that will not be easily
The Northern Star.
Grief is an uncomfortable
subject. How does one express it in a culture
that flinches from unhappiness and pain? What
is the proper place for grief in a society that
has lost touch with many of its ritual ways
of dealing with the loss of a loved on? Should
grief be a private experience , or publicly
expressed? Losing Layla is a courageous documentary
that confronts and raises these issues in an
excruciating manner. It is a deeply disturbing
film because it relentlessly excavates grief
. One cannot help being moved or even traumatised
by Losing Layla '
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