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Tim Southam

Tim Southam has directed dramas and documentaries exploring life on the land, life in politics and life in the arts. He has also directed episodes on several high profile series and is currently the President of the Directors Guild of Canada.

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 (Fox), Hell on Wheels, Leonard (AMC), Colony (USA), Lost in Space (Netflix) and Bates Motel (A&E), serving on the latter as season four producing-director.


In addition to periodic acclaim from audiences and critics, his work has won awards from the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television and multiple
festivals, as well as a People's Choice Award 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 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 incomingCentaur Theatre, Montreal Artistic Director Eda Holmes.