Bio

Jessica Phoebe Ehab Hanna is an actress, writer and director, born in Australia from Egyptian parents. Jessica holds a Masters of Psychological Science and turned to the Arts in rebellion upon graduation, creating her own body of work, including Regime, which she wrote and directed, exploring the war in Syria through the eyes of a young Syrian woman. It was selected as a finalist for Tropfest in 2018, and won Best Drama film in the 2019 AACTA awards short film competition. In addition, Jessica wrote and first AD’d the award-winning film My Name is Mohamad and Raghad, which was selected for Oscar-qualifying film festivals including St Kilda Film Festival and has won several awards for best film and nominations for best screenplay. Both films show Jessica's interest in pushing audiences to think deeply about issues that matter. Jessica has a special interest in stories with a strong female protagonist and stories about minorities, including CALD, disabilities, and North African/middle eastern characters.

Current Projects

A sneak peak...

My First Time Home
My First Time Home
Director / Writer

A feature length documentary film about religious and gender tolerance, self-discovery and seeking ‘home’. Seen through the eyes of three young Australian-Egyptians.

My First Time Home
Regime
Regime
Writer, Director, Actress, Producer

A short film about the daily regime of a 30 year old Syrian Woman during Syria’s brutal civil war. Tropfest Finalist & AACTA SocialShorts winner

Regime
Risen
Risen
Art Director & Actress

“We’re at the edge of a mass extinction” A sci-fi feature film about an isolated town in Alaska in the aftermath of a meteorite explosion.

Risen

IMAGES

“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you've imagined“ ― Henry David Thoreau

Camel

Camel

Cairo, Day
Luna

Luna

Luna Park, night
Frame by Frame

Frame by Frame

Goulburn, late morning
Shadow

Shadow

BTS, afternoon
Diva

Diva

Western Sydney, midday
Adjust

Adjust

On set, night
Piercing

Piercing

Headshot, mid-day
Fireflies

Fireflies

Luna Park, night

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