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 and producer on several high profile series.

His films include The Bay of Love and Sorrows, Drowning in Dreams, One Dead Indian, Trudeau: Maverick in the Making, L’Histoire de l’oie, Danser Perreault, Satie and Suzanne, Love Letters and Brent Carver: Home Through the Night. Recent series include House, Bones, Hell on Wheels, Hap & Leonard, Animal Kingdom, Colony, Bates Motel and Lost in Space. He served as a producer/director on Bates Motel and co-executive producer/director on Colony.

His work has won periodic critical acclaim, awards from the Academy of Canadian Film and Television, People’s Choice Awards, and nominations for Grammy, Genie, Jutra and DGC Awards. His Bates Motel episode 'Forever' was selected by The New York Times, The Hollywood Reporter and Collider 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 Gemini-nominated writer on the series Traders for showrunners Hart Hanson and David Shore. He is President of the Directors Guild of Canada.

Tim was raised in the Quebec Ottawa Valley in French and English and is married to Montreal Centaur Theatre Artistic and Executive Director Eda Holmes.