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 films include The Bay of Love and Sorrows, Drowning in Dreams, One Dead Indian, The Tale of Teeka, Perreault Dancer and Satie and Suzanne. Series include House, Bones, Hell on Wheels, Colony and Bates Motel, serving on the latter as season four producing-director.
In addition to periodic audience and critical acclaim, his work has won awards from the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television and multiple festivals, as well as People's Choice Awards and a Grammy nomination. His Bates Motel episode 'Forever' was selected by The New York Times and The Hollywood Reporter 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 was elected National President of the Directors Guild of Canada in 2014 and was re-elected in 2016.
Tim was raised in the Quebec Ottawa Valley in French and English and is married to theatre director Eda Holmes.