Debbie Howard

Debbie Howard is a Writer, Director and Producer and the founder of Big Buddha Films.

“I worked with Debbie on a feature documentary called Still Loved about stillbirth. It was a very emotional and difficult subject. At all times Debbie was extremely professional and collaborative. She was always open to ideas but had a clear vision of what she wanted the film to be and who it was for. The material that she had gathered was of the highest quality and I was spoilt for choice. I would happily work with her again.”

BAFTA winning Editor Joby Gee
Dark Horse, Versus, The Fallen, Dogging Tales

Debbie was an actor for twenty five years appearing in many popular television programs including Life on Mars, Coronation Street and Holby City. Over the past fifteen years she has made many award winning short films including Peekaboo starring Lesley Sharp and Shaun Dooley. She made the critically acclaimed feature documentary, Still Loved, which had a successful theatrical release, was BIFA long listed, won a best documentary award and received a four star review in The Guardian. Debbie also works as a freelance television director. She has directed many episodes of BBC Drama and trained in multi camera directing at ITV. Drawing on her own extensive experience, she works well with actors, ensuring an excellent on screen performance. In documentary, she nurtures a deep sense of trust with her participants. Her work has been screened at film festivals all over the world winning both critical acclaim and a number of prestigious screen awards.

Debbie’s documentary, Absent From Our Own Wedding was commissioned by Little Dot Studios for Real Stories Originals. She is currently in production on a feature documentary, The Cowboy From Newcastle. She is  in development on two feature films, Waiting, which has received early development money from the BFI, and Cold.  She is also creating and writing a comedy TV series Hitched with Rachael Birch and is writing a TV sci fi series, The Return.

Debbie often works with The Reel Scene acting school in London, and is currently facilitating on The Actors Gym offering online courses for actors. She also regularly lectures in acting and filmmaking at various universities.

Debbie was a mentee on the prestigious Women in Film and Television Mentoring  Scheme in 2014. She completed Filmonomics 2017. She is keen to champion other women in the film industry and is an influencer for Reclaim the Frame. She is a member of BAFTA Crew/BFI Network, Cinesisters and Women in Film and TV. In 2020 she part in the Director’s UK Inspire programme, mentored by Deborah Haywood, writer/director of Pin Cushion. In 2021 Debbie was on the jury for the BAFTA TV craft awards, SMart Film Festival and was the judge of the Best Documentary category for Sheffield Shorts film festival.

Debbie is represented by Andrew Mills at Revolution Talent.

“You can only be struck by the resilience the interviewees display, and the trust they place in Howard – repaid several times over by a work of commemoration that will also surely provide considerable consolation.”

Mike McCahill, The Guardian

“Comprising interviews that expose the emptiness and loneliness that these parents felt following their heartbreaking ordeals, director Debbie Howard seeks to offset the deafening silence that characterises their experiences. She reveals a shocking negligence of support both professionally and personally over a topic stigmatised by what the stiff upper-lip’s of this world dub embarrassing emotionality.”

Caroline Middleton, Little White Lies.

“Tenacity, Integrity, creative vision and true grit, working with Debbie for the past 4 years has been both a pleasure and a privilege. Her uncompromising attitude to quality and efficiency, alongside her creative problem solving, humility and organisational strengths make her an auteur par excellance, who would lend any film crew confidence, clarity and creative strength.”

Polly Perkins, Producer, Still Loved