Big cheese? Awful, beginning to crumble and flipping go off (8)
I believe the answer is:
Here is my best explanation:
'big cheese?' is the definition.
'awful beginning to crumble and flipping go off' is the subsidiary indication.
'awful' becomes 'dire' ('dire' can be a synonym of 'awful'**).
'beginning to' indicates taking the first letters.
'and' is a charade indicator (letters next to each other).
'flipping' is a reversal indicator.
'go off' becomes 'rot' (I've seen this before).
The first letter of 'crumble' is 'c'.
'rot' backwards is 'tor'.
(Other definitions for director that I've seen before include "Creditor (anag.)", "This person could be on board or in theatre", "Member of a company board", "Creditor made to create film or play", "Manager, governor", "Company board member", "One who controls resources and expenditures", "He guides and shapes a play or film", "Record it (anag.)" and "Controller of production or member of a board".)