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Debbie Anzalone


  • Debbie Anzalone
  • Area

    School of Communication


    Visiting Lecturer

  • Debbie is an award-winning director who has made work across documentary films, documentary-drama, drama and branded content.

  • Biography

  • Debbie is an alumna of the RCA's MA Communication Art & Design programme, and a visiting lecturer and personal tutor on the Moving Image Pathway, MA Information Experience Design.

    Debbie’s recent film, the award-winning debut drama Three Sacks Full of Hats, is co-produced by Century Films and Prodigal and stars Warren Brown, Tom Meeten, David Sterne and Alison Steadman. Written by BAFTA-winning writer Geoff Thompson, Three Sacks Full of Hats is currently being screened at film festivals.

    Debbie was named outstanding new talent to look out for by Shots magazine, with picks of the week in Campaign magazine. She also won several awards for the Government Central Office of Information anti-knife crime campaign It Doesn’t Have to Happen, two short dramas based on real testimonies from prison inmates, exploring the space in between documentary and fiction.

    Debbie’s practice focuses on documentary research and testimonials, informing character development for her fictional work when working with actors. Most of her work focuses on relationships and social issues. In her research, she holds space for in-depth listening and dialogue with people whose stories relate and contribute to the development material for her films. She then works closely with documentary contributors and actors to bring out authentic and intimate performances. 

    Debbie has also directed a number of high profile branded content and social issue campaigns for a variety of clients including the government’s Central Office of Information (social issue campaigns), Samaritans, Sky Arts, Channel 4, TATE, Mind, Samsung, Microsoft, ITV, Deutsche Grammophon, Citizens UK and more.

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Selected work