Deborah Chow is a director, screenwriter, and filmmaker from Canada. Daypass (2002) and The Hill (2004), two of her earliest short films, were both nominated for awards at several international film festivals.
Her debut feature film, The High Cost of Living, was written and directed by her. Flowers in the Attic and episodes of Copper, Murdoch Mysteries, Reign, Beauty and the Beast, and Mr. Robot were among the television projects Chow directed.
The Mandalorian and Obi-Wan Kenobi, both on Disney+, are directed by Chow.
Deborah Chow Early Life
When Deborah Chow’s parents moved to Toronto, Ontario, Canada from Australia, she was born to a half-Chinese family. Chinese cinema fanatic dad introduced her to the worlds of classic movies and filmmaking through his passion.
Chow is a graduate of Mississauga, Ontario’s Gordon Graydon Memorial Secondary School.
She graduated from McGill University in Montreal with a major in cultural theory and a minor in art history, where she produced her first short film.
After graduation she went on to complete her MFA in directing at Columbia University in New York City, where she completed two short films and a feature screenplay including her short film Daypass which screened internationally at over 35 festivals and won multiple awards.
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Deborah Chow Career
While studying film at university, Chow began writing and directing short films, and in 2010, she made her feature film debut with The High Cost of Living. James Urbaniak, Zach Braff, and Isabelle Blais are among the famous performers she has worked with as a director.
She’s directed shows for the BBC, CW, CBC, and USA Network, including Copper, Reign, Beauty and the Beast, and Murdoch Mysteries. She now directs the USA Network show Mr. Robot.
The Lifetime adaptation of Flowers in the Attic, starring Heather Graham and Mad Men’s Kiernan Shipka, was also directed by her.
Disney+ exclusive streaming television series Star Wars: The Mandalorian, which Chow directed two episodes of and appeared in a cameo appearance as a New Republic X-wing pilot.
The next Disney+ series on Obi-Wan Kenobi will have her as the sole director. Kathleen Kennedy, the president of Lucasfilm, said:-
“We were looking for a director who could capture Obi-quiet Wan’s resolve as well as his deep mystique in a way that worked with the rest of the Star Wars canon. Having seen how well Deborah crafted our characters in The Mandalorian, I have no doubts that she will do an excellent job directing this storey.” 2004 The Hill short film writer, editor, and costume designer for Daypass.
Daypass, her short film, earned the Milano Film Festival’s Best Actor Award and the Turin Film Festival’s Best Short Award. An award for best comedy screenplay was given to the film’s feature-length screenplay version by Comedy Central.
Chow won the Kodak New Vision Mentorship prize in 2005 for her short film The Hill, which includes money for her debut feature picture.
At the Toronto International Film Festival’s Talent Lab, she was a participant in the Praxis Screenwriting Lab. First Feature at the Toronto International Film Festival, Best Canadian Feature at the Female Eye Film Fest, and Prix Super-Écran at the Rendezvous du cinéma québécois for her debut feature film, The High Cost of Living.