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 feature drama The Bay of Love and Sorrows, the feature doc Drowning in Dreams, the television film One Dead Indian and the miniseries Trudeau: Maverick in the Making. He has also directed a celebrated collection of films adapted from music and stage works: The Tale of Teeka, Danser Perreault, Love Letters, Les voix intérieures, Satie and Suzanne, Brian Macdonald: Virtuoso Eclectic and Brent Carver: Home through the Night. Recent series include multiple episodes of Bones and House.
In addition to regular successes with audiences and critics, awards for his work include three best directing Geminis, two best program Geminis, the Banff Rockie and nominations for the Genie, Jutra and Grammy. He is developing several projects, among them the film Hey 45 with Morwyn Brebner and Anna Stratton.
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.
Tim was raised in the Quebec Ottawa Valley in French and English and is married to theatre director Eda Holmes.