Tim's first theatrical feature The Bay of Love and Sorrows, which he co-wrote with novelist David Adams Richards based on the latter's novel, tracks the violent disintegration of a small community of youths in 1970's rural New Brunswick. His hit CTV movie One Dead Indian recounts the 1995 shooting of native protester Dudley George by a police sniper. His celebrated film The Tale of Teeka, based on the play by Michel Marc Bouchard, tells the alternately sweet and harrowing story of a young victim of family violence.
In contrast with this serious fare, Southam has also directed the wry documentary Drowning in Dreams, the true story of a group of men struggling for control of a luxury yacht lying on the bottom of Lake Superior. His whimsical performance film Satie and Suzanne sketches a fictitious night in the life of the French composer Erik Satie, using contortionists and a clown from the Cirque du Soleil. And his film Perreault Dancer is a moving tribute to one of Canada's great performing arts geniuses, Jean-Pierre Perreault.
More recently he has been directing comedy, with five episodes of Naked Josh, and the inaugural season of Moose TV. He has worked in series drama, directing the miniseries Trudeau II: Maverick in the Making and the crime series Blue Murder. He has also written episodic television, notably for the hit series Traders, on which he was a staff writer for series creator Hart Hanson and supervising producer David Shore. His work has earned Gemini and Gémeaux awards; awards at many international festivals and nominations for the Grammy, Genie, Jutra and DGC awards.
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