MuM: Misunderstandings of Miscarriage

Feature Documentary


Production Co: Neon Jane Productions, This Film Studio
Director: Tahyna MacManus
Producers: Kelly Tomasich, Tahyna MacManus
DOP: Louis C. Brandt & Thomaz Labanca
Post Production Co: Spectrum Films
Colour grade by: Angela Cerasi

Angela Cerasi colour graded director Tahyna MacManus’s 2020 documentary exploring the physical, emotional and psychological impacts of miscarriage and to speak out on behalf of women.  Post production was completed by Spectrum Films.

Misunderstandings of Miscarriage (MuM) explores the physical, emotional and psychological impacts of miscarriage, and aims to open up a conversation to normalise pregnancy loss and help women.

At age 31, after experiencing her second miscarriage, Tahyna MacManus was devastated, lost, angry and, despite those around her, felt terribly alone. She picked up a camera and started to record her story and in doing so found her tribe. Resilient, courageous women speaking of their sadness, their shame and their guilt while still holding onto hope. Tahyna discovers that 1 in 4 Australian women experience miscarriage so why aren’t we talking about it? In this highly intimate journey, Tahyna is on a mission to lift the lid on all that shame, provide some answers and make sure that women no longer walk this path alone. But first, she has to face her own fears.

Tahyna MacManus began her career as an actress in New York and starred in several films and television shows including X- Men , CSI, and Charlie’s Angels. Tahyna naturally felt pulled towards work behind the lens and began to hone her skills as a director, writer and producer. Her first short film Oren, debuted on the international film festival circuit in 2015 and won Best International Short Film at the Hollywood Reel Independent Film Festival. After a stint in London she founded Neon Jane Productions with Kelly Tomasich (who co-produced this documentary) after both women felt the same passion to showcase unique storytelling.  In 2020 the duo launched the Australian Womens Film Festival, a short film festival celebrating women in film and honouring those who have made a significant contribution to the industry.

To see another emotional documentary colour graded by Angela Cerasi, check out this trailer for Lindy Chamberlain: A True Story.