Tim Southam has directed dramas and documentaries exploring life on the land, life in politics and life in the arts. He has also worked as a director on several high profile series.
His work includes the feature films The Bay of Love and Sorrows and Drowning in Dreams, the television films and miniseries One Dead Indian, Trudeau: Maverick in the Making, The Tale of Teeka, the performing arts films Perreault Dancer, Inner Voices, Satie and Suzanne, Brent Carver: Home Through the Night, and the series House, Bones, Hell on Wheels, Hap & Leonard, Animal Kingdom, Colony, Bates Motel and Lost in Space. He was pilot director on Cracked and Stay With Me, served as producer/director on Bates Motel and will serve as co-executive producer/director this year on Colony.
In addition to periodic acclaim from audiences and critics his work has won several awards from the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television and multiple festivals. He shared in a People's Choice Award for Bates Motel, and earned a Grammy nomination for his music film Satie and Suzanne. His Bates Motel episode 'Forever' was selected by The New York Times, The Hollywood Reporter and Collider.com as a best episode of 2016.
Before becoming a filmmaker Tim studied economics, philosophy and literature at the University of Toronto and gained a master's degree in political economy from the London School of Economics. He worked for the European advertising departments of two New York-based magazines, served an apprenticeship with filmmaker/ photographer Gregory Colbert, directed a dozen commercials and was a writer on the series Traders for showrunners Hart Hanson and David Shore. He has served as President of the Directors Guild of Canada.
Tim was raised in the Quebec Ottawa Valley in French and English and is married to incoming Montreal Centaur Theatre Artistic Director Eda Holmes.