Tim Southam has directed dramas, comedies and documentaries exploring life on the land, life in politics and life in the arts. He has also worked as a director on several of the world's most-watched series.
His films include The Bay of Love and Sorrows, Drowning in Dreams, One Dead Indian, the miniseries Trudeau: Maverick in the Making and the stage-inspired films The Tale of Teeka, Perreault Dancer, Satie and Suzanne and Brent Carver: Home Through the Night. Series include Hell on Wheels, House, Colony, Bones and Bates Motel, on which he is currently serving as producer-director.
He is developing his third feature film Hey 45 with writer Morwyn Brebner and producer Anna Stratton.
In addition to regular successes with audiences and critics, awards for his work include three best directing Geminis, two best program Geminis and nominations for the Genie, Jutra and Grammy.
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 Gemini-nominated writer on the hit series Traders for showrunners Hart Hanson and David Shore. In April 2014 he was elected National President of the Directors Guild of Canada, and for six years before that he served as Chair of the DGC's National Directors Division.
Tim was raised in the Quebec Ottawa Valley in French and English and is married to theatre director Eda Holmes.