Debbie has directed and produced numerous documentaries and feature films including ‘Beigles Already’ (her first film) – a short documentary for BBC1, ‘Educating Haji’ – BBC1, ‘St Lukes’ – Cutting Edge C4 and ‘The Veteran’ – a feature film starring Brian Cox and Toby Kebbell.
Her work has been distributed internationally and she has run her own production company Insight Films for the last 20 years, thriving as a pioneer and successful entrepreneur.
Her latest film is STREETDANCE FAMILY, a heart-warming feel-good movie for all the family. It follows the true story of an under 16 street dance crew from their training room in Barking to the World Hip Hop Championship in Germany.
It’s an extraordinary journey which takes you on an emotional roller-coaster ride through the lives of this impassioned group of children, determined to dance to the best of their ability.
Debbie lives with her partner and their two children in North London.
Describe a typical day for you?
I’m usually up around 6.30am and I try to get a few emails done before the kids get up and the school madness begins. I have a 17 year old daughter and a 13 year old son and I like to hang out with them before they go to school, checking in to find out what the day has in store for them.
What do you feel are your biggest achievements?
My kids. They are really wonderful people and I am so proud of them. They are kind and honest and clever and gorgeous and I think they both have a strong moral compass, with the courage to be themselves.
My relationship. I have been with my partner for over 25 years and we are not even married!
Although it is extremely difficult at times, especially when we are working together, I know that we are always there for each other and what we have is really very special.
I am extremely thrilled to have kept my independent company going for over twenty years and I am hugely proud of the films we have made and that we are still going strong.
What’s in your handbag?
I actually don’t have a handbag! I am not very good at that stuff.
What are your ambitions in life?
I am passionate about filmmaking and I want to continue to make films that really touch people. I would like to take my parents and children to the BAFTAs and even the Oscars.
What advice would you give to pre-baby self?
I would say, have the courage to be yourself. Always stand up for what you believe in and always appreciate and love your body because you only realise how fabulous you look when the moment has passed and everything is heading downwards. Youth really is wasted on the young.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years time?
My next project is a feature film called ‘Capture’ that is written by a wonderful writer called Rachel Hirons. It’s a fantastic screenplay about two amazing women and it’s funny and honest and thrilling.
It’s like a Thelma and Louise story set in the UK.
We are also developing an inspirational feel-good film set in the real life street dance world called ‘Freestyle Friday’ and a unique and colourful story based on true events called ‘Don’t Mess with Texas’. It’s like a cross between Priscilla Queen of the Desert and Shawshank Redemption.
What’s your advice for budding filmmakers?
Stay strong and never give up. It’s very hard out there but when you have a good idea, you must always stick with it. Obstacles are always put in the way but you must find a way through and hang on to your belief.
Feeling the sun on your skin while you listen to the sound of your kids playing around you. And seeing the joy on people’s faces when they came out of a screening of our most recent film ‘Streetdance Family’.
‘Streetdance Family’ is being shown in selected Odeon cinemas nationwide. It’s a cinema on- demand release, where people have to book their tickets in advance, like they would if they were going to the theatre.
Spread the word.
“Funny…sad and very gripping” BANG SHOWBIZ
“We all loved the film, it is wonderful, and Entity are truly stars.” BBC RADIO 4
“If you love dance….you’ll love this film.” BELLA
For cinema listings and tickets visit the Streetdance Family website :