collage by Charlotte Mansfield


Jessica is an award-winning literature graduate, editor, and writer on film. While living in Berlin, Jessica founded Wasteland, a collaborative online journal with a critical, academic lens on film and visual culture. Since then, in addition to her editorial position at Wasteland, she has become a staff writer for auteur-critique website Cineccentric and culture zine Unpublished, and a contributor for MUBI Notebook.


Jessica is the editor-in-chief of Wasteland and the corresponding Wasteland Newsletter, a monthly e-newsletter comprised of short essays on film. Each month, Jessica researches and curates the selection of films in accordance with the issue's theme, which she also selects. Recent issues have included: women behind the camera, performance, alternative animation, shorts, and placelessness. 


Slouching Towards Nowhere: The Graduate

— February 2021, Cineccentric

Morvern Callar: Reaching for the Illegible

— January 2021, Unpublished Zine

Synthetically Eroded: Femme Fatales in Double Indemnity and Chinatown 

— January 2021, Wasteland

Visualising Liberation in "But I'm a Cheerleader"

— December 2020, MUBI Notebook 

Documenting Feeling in Claudia Weill's 'Girlfriends'

— December 2020, Unpublished Zine

Bodies and Costumes in Ms. 45

— October 2020, Cineccentric 

Unsexed as a Means to Survive: The Texas Chain Saw Massacre 

— June 2020, Wasteland

Silent and Visible: Queer Affect in Moonlight 

— February 2020, Wasteland

The Dizzyingly Grotesque Fabric of Mulholland Drive 

— April 2019, Wasteland


My Dream Double-Bills

— February 2021, Unpublished Zine


Betty Blue

— February 2021, Wasteland

A Cocktail of Confection: What a Way to Go!

— January 2021, Wasteland

La Haine

— January 2021, Wasteland


— December 2020, Wasteland

Perfect Blue

— December 2020, Wasteland

Possibly in Michigan

— November 2020, Wasteland

Cathexis in Toshio Matsumoto's Atman

— November 2020, Wasteland

Together, Separately: Maya Deren

— November 2020, Wasteland

The Theatrics of Tragedy in Demons

— October 2020, Cineccentric

Eyes Without a Face

— October 2020, Wasteland

Eyes Wide Shut

— October 2020, Wasteland

Revisiting the Addictive, Feminine Pull of Midsommar 

— August 2020, Unpublished Zine

Reality and Fiction in Cheryl Dunye's The Watermelon Woman

— May 2020, Wasteland


What I Watched in Lockdown

— September 2020, Unpublished Zine

A Year in Review: Revisiting the 2020 Oscar Nominees 

— January 2020, Wasteland

Tracing the Screen 

— July 2019, Wasteland

A Year in Review: Revisiting the 2019 Oscar Nominees 

— February 2019, Wasteland


In Memoriam 2019-20

— December 2020, Cineccentric

Short Films from the BFI London Film Festival 

— November 2020, Cineccentric

The Forgotten Films of Halloween 

— October 2020, Unpublished Zine

The Films of Chantal Akerman 

— October 2020, Cineccentric

The Films of Chadwick Boseman 

— September 2020, Cineccentric


Never Rarely Sometimes Always

— February 2021, Wasteland

Last Call 

— November 2020, Cineccentric


— October 2020, Cineccentric for LFF 2020

The Human Voice 

— October 2020, Cineccentric for LFF 2020

One Night in Miami 

— October 2020, Cineccentric for LFF 2020


— October 2020, Cineccentric for LFF 2020

The Devil All The Time 

— September 2020, Cineccentric

She Dies Tomorrow 

— August 2020, Cineccentric

Marriage Story: a Masterclass in Visual Storytelling 

— November 2019, Wasteland

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood: The Best and Worst of Quentin Tarantino

— August 2019, Wasteland


Press delegate for the 64th BFI London Film Festival.

— October 2020


Web designer for Wasteland 's online journal.


BA Hons English and American Literature from the University of Kent, awarded first-class.

Recipient of the Rotary Prize for distinguished degree performance.