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MIKE SOUTHON   BSC

 

Born: ?, as Michael Southon.

Education: Brighton College of Arts [graduated 1973, Photography].

Career: Started in the early 1970s with BBC-tv [at Ealing Studios] as c.asst on many 16mm doc's. Became doph in 1976 and remained with the BBC until the mid-1980s.

Ph 200+ commercials dir by Franc Roddam [for BP], Mel Smith [for Kellogg's], John Mackenzie [Anti Drug Campaign], a.o. Ph 250+ music videos.

Directed commercials.

Member [now honorary accredited] and past president [1996-98] of the BSC.

Appeared in the doc's 'Wiecej swiatla. Festiwal Operatorów Filmowych Camerimage '97' [1997, Piotr Lazarkiewicz; ph: Adam Sikora] & 'The Making of "Bandido"' [2003, Desi Singh & Yoko Suenaga; ph: D. Singh].

Awards: MVPA Award [1991] for 'Freedom '90'; MTV Video Music Award [1992; shared] for 'November Rain'; Ad Spot Award, Firenze [1995]; ASC Award nom [1998] & CableACE Award nom [1998] for 'Snow White: A Tale of Terror'.

Website: Mike Southon


 

 FILMS

1985

Captive [Paul Mayersberg] c

1986

Gothic [Ken Russell] c

1986

Vardo [Matthew Jacobs] c; short/26m

1987

The Mini Sagas [ep #1 'Crime in the City' & #2 'People Are the Same the Universe Over' dir by James Scott; ep #3 'Stateside: The Epic Bestseller That Shocked America' & #4 'Retirement Hobbies for Octogenarians' dir by Gerry Feeny; ep #5 'The Nihilist's Double Vision' & #6 'The Best Ever Nuclear Fall Out Shelter' dir by Sydney Macartney] b&w-c; 6 short films for theatrical screenings

1987

Aria [seg #9 'Louise: Depuis le jour' dir by Derek Jarman] b&w-c; 10 seg; cph: Christopher Hughes; filmed 1986-87

1987

Paperhouse [Bernard Rose] c; hph: Peter Allwork

1988

Spies Inc./S.P.O.O.K.S./Spies, Lies and Alibis/Code Name: Chaos [Antony Thomas] c

1988

Queen of Hearts [Jon Amiel] c; uwph: Charles Lagus

1989

Chicago Joe and the Showgirl [Bernard Rose] c

1990

A Kiss Before Dying [James Dearden] c

 

With Jodie Foster - "Little Man Tate"

 

1990

Little Man Tate [Jodie Foster] c; 2uc: Tony Jannelli

1991

Wuthering Heights [Peter Kosminsky] c

1993

Roommates [Peter Yates] c; addph: Sandi Sissel & Victor Hammer

1994

The Run of the Country [Peter Yates] p/c; aph: Adam Dale

1995

The Final Cut [Roger Christian] c; + small part

1996

Air Bud [Charles Martin Smith] c; 2uc: Dave Frazee & William Waring

1998

Air Bud: Golden Receiver/Air Bud 2 [Richard Martin] c; addph: Michael Bonvillain (+ 2uc) & Glen Winter; stunt unit ph: Todd Elyzen

1998

The Duke/Hubert [Philip Spink] c

1999

Tricks [Iris & Jim Klein] c

1999

Sorted [Alexander Jovy] s35/c

2000

Replicant [Ringo Lam] c; 2uc: Brian Pearson & Ross W. Clarkson (+ main unit c.op 'a' cam)

2001

Bandido [Roger Christian] c; replaced original doph after 2 weeks shooting; cph: Kristian Bernier; 2uc: Lars Herrmann

2002

MXP: Most Xtreme Primate/MVP 3 More Monkey Business [Robert Vince] c/V

2002

Air Bud: Spikes Back [Mike Southon] c

2003

Spymate [Robert Vince] c; addph: Eric J. Goldstein

2003

Pursued [Kristoffer Tabori] c; 2uc: Anthony Metchie

2005

Beneath [Dagen Merrill] c; 2uc: Mathias Herndl

2005

Air Buddies [Robert Vince] c/V; 2uc: Larry Lynn

2006

Kill Kill Faster Faster [Gareth Maxwell Roberts] c; co-addph; ph: Ruzbeh Babol

2006

A Neutral Corner [Emily Greenwood] s35/c; short/13m

2007

The Nutcracker in 3D/Nutcracker: The Curse of the Rat King [Andrei Konchalovsky] s35 (+ D-Cinema)/c; 2uc: Balázs Bélafalvy & Mike Frift

2009

When Frankie Met Dennis [Stephen Cookson] c; doc/?m; status unknown

2010

Danny Tang - Attention to Detail [Mike Southon] b&w-c; doc/30m; + ed

2010

Spooky Buddies [Robert Vince] HD (ARRI D-21)/c/V

 

"St George's Day"

 

2011

St George's Day [Frank Harper] HD (ARRI ALEXA Plus)-to-35mm scope/c

2011

Helping Henry [Stephen Cookson] pre-production; + co-scrpl; scheduled to start filming in August

2012

In with the Outlaws [Andrew Morahan (replaced Richard E. Grant)] pre-production; scheduled to start shooting in September; prod suspended

2015

The Millinery Lesson [Mike Southon] ?; doc/?m; + prod

 

 TELEVISION

1976

Hospital [Roger Mills; prod: Tim King] 9-part (x 45m) doc series; cph: Grenville Dobson; for BBC2-tv (1977)

1977

The Madonna and the Volcano [Michael Radford] doc/54m; cph: John Hooper; ep #2 of 3-part 'Omnibus Italia'-season (part of BBC1-tv arts series 'Omnibus')

1978

Seeing Through Drawing [Michael Dibb] doc/119m; cph: John Hooper; ep BBC2-tv arts series 'The Lively Arts'

1978

Taking Our Time [Michael Dibb] doc/50m; cph: Colin Waldeck; ep BBC2-tv arts series 'Arena: Theatre'

1978

We Are the Champions 1978 [ep #7 'The Final' dir by Roger Gale] 7-part (x 25m) doc series; for BBC1-tv

1979

Where We Live Now [ep #5 'The Country and the City' dir by Michael Dibb] 5-part (x 60m) doc series; for BBC2-tv

1979

Living Legends [ep #6 'Burke and Hare' dir by Ben Shephard] 6-part (x 30m) doc series; for BBC1-tv

1979

Inside Story [ep 'George' dir by David Pearson] ?-part (x 55m) BBC2-tv investigative journalism series, 1974-?; see 'A Change of Sex' (1980)

1979

Glen Tetley - Choreographer at Work [Bob Lockyer] ballet doc/49m; for BBC2-tv

1979

Johnny Be Good [Ted Clisby] mus doc/55m; ep BBC1-tv arts series 'Omnibus' (1980); about rock and roll star Chuck Berry, with footage from his American tour in 1978, and a perf for President Carter on the White House Lawn in June 1979

1979

Casey's Ireland [Bill Jones] doc/25m; ep BBC1-tv doc series 'Nationwide'

1979

Soho After Dark [Eszter Nordin] doc/40m; for BBC2-tv

1979

Barbara Thompson's Paraphernalia [Michael Dibb] mus doc/40m; for BBC2-tv

1979

Jazz, Rock and Marriage [Michael Dibb] mus doc/60m; for BBC2-tv

1979

Lene Lovich - Sleeping Beauty [Nigel Finch] mus doc/35m; ep BBC2-tv arts series 'Arena' (1980)

1979

Public School [ep #5 'You're the Chiefs - The Others Are the Indians' dir by Richard Denton] 10-part (x 30m) doc series; for BBC2-tv (1980)

1980

In the Making [ep #2 'Lute Making - Stephen Gottlieb' (prod: Dorothy Spokes), #5 'Painting - Robert Bates' (prod: Jane Coles) & #7 'Theatre Design - Pamela Howard' (prod: Rosemary Bowen-Jones)] 10-part (x 19m) doc series; cph (#2): Alec Curtis, a.o.; for BBC2-tv

1980

Double Vision [Nigel Finch] doc/35m; cph: Colin Waldeck; ep BBC2-tv arts series 'Arena'

1980

Luck and Flaw [Anthony Wall] doc/40m; ep BBC2-tv arts series 'Arena'

1980

A Change of Sex [ep #1 'George - The Big Decision' & #2 'Julia - The First Year' dir by David Pearson] 3-part doc series (part of the BBC2-tv series 'Inside Story')/16mm; cph (#2): David Feig; ep #3 was ph by David Feig & Keith Taylor; followed by ep in 1994 & 1999; see 'Inside Story' (1979)

1980

Chelsea Hotel [Nigel Finch] doc/55m; ep BBC2-tv arts series 'Arena' (1981)

1980

Hazell Meets His Makers [David Wheatley] doc/40m; ep BBC2-tv arts series 'Arena' (1981)

1980

Today Carshalton Beeches - Tomorrow Croydon [Anthony Wall] mus doc/35m; ep BBC2-tv arts series 'Arena' (1981)

1980

Dallas The Big Store [Jana Bokova] doc/53m/v; ep BBC1-tv arts series 'Omnibus' (1981); looks at the run up to Christmas 1980 in Dallas, Texas, from the point of view of the city's largest department store, Neiman Marcus

1980

Feeling for the Sound [David Hutt] mus doc/29m; ep #4 of 6-part series 'Sounds Different'

1980

Dire Straits [Nigel Finch] mus doc/58m; ep BBC2-tv arts series 'Arena'

1980

When the Dancing Had to Stop [Vanya Kewley] doc/60m; cph: Colin Waldeck; ep BBC1-tv arts series 'Omnibus' (1981)

1980

Lithography [prod: Suzanne Davies] doc/25m; cph: Ian Hilton & Fintan Sheehan; ep 5-part BBC2-tv series 'Artists in Print' (1981)

1980

Grange Hill [ep #4.18 dir by Christine Secombe] 601-part series, 1978-2008; 4th season, 1980-81 (18 ep); ph film seq; for BBC1-tv

1981

Stevie Wonder: Inner Visions [Ted Clisby] mus doc/58m; ep BBC1-tv series 'Omnibus'; follows Stevie Wonder on his 'Inner Visions' tour of the USA, and witnesses his perf at the Washington Rally to celebrate the birthday of Martin Luther King

1981

An Evening with Queen Victoria [David Heycock] perf/65m; cph: Colin Waldeck & Martin Patmore; for BBC2-tv

1981

Tales of Twelve Cities [ep #12 'From London - The Leader's Tale' dir by Tony Laryea] 12-part (x 48m) doc series; for BBC2-tv

1981

Behind the Scenes with... John Glenister [Christopher Swann] doc/29m; ep #8 of 10-part BBC1-tv series 'Behind the Scenes with...'

1981

The Great Art Dictator [David Wallace] doc/54m; for BBC2-tv

1981

The Private Life of the Ford Cortina [Nigel Finch] doc/b&w-c/45m; co-cameraman; ph: John Hooper; ep BBC2-tv arts series 'Arena' (1982)

1981

Desert Island Discs [Anthony Wall] doc/47m; ep BBC2-tv arts series 'Arena' (1982); repeated in January 1992 with a new introduction

1982

Stravinsky Centenary Season: The Soldier's Tale [Peter Adam] mus perf/60m; cph: Nat Crosby; for BBC2-tv

1982

Hot Champagne and First Night Nerves [David Pearson] doc/45m; for BBC2-tv

1982

Forged Papers [David Pearson] doc/50m; for BBC2-tv

1982

Survivalists [prod: Paul Hamann] doc/48m; ep BBC1-tv series 'The Tuesday Documentary'

1982

A Play for Bridport [David Wheatley] doc/55m; ep BBC2-tv arts series 'Arena'

1982

Upon Westminster Bridge [Anthony Wall] doc/52m; ep BBC2-tv arts series 'Arena'

1982

Burroughs [Howard Brookner] doc/b&w-c/85m/16mm; cph: Tom DiCillo, Richard Camp, James Lebovitz, a.o.; ep BBC2-tv arts series 'Arena' (1983); filmed over 5 years; also released theatrically ('Burroughs: The Movie'; 90m)

1982

Bergerac [ep #12 'Always Leave Them Laughing' dir by Peter Smith] 87-part series, 1981-91; 2nd season, 1983

1982

Where's the Key? [David Wheatley] tvm/65m; for BBC1-tv (1983)

1982

A Genius Like Us: A Portrait of Joe Orton/A Genius [Nigel Williams & (seg 'Loot') Pamela Brighton] doc/75m; ph seg 'Loot': Alec Curtis; ep BBC2-tv arts series 'Arena'

1983

Kurt Vonnegut [: So It Goes] [Nigel Finch] doc/60m; ep BBC2-tv arts series 'Arena'

1983

Borges and I [David Wheatley] doc/75m/16mm; ep BBC2-tv arts series 'Arena'

1983

Give Us a Break [ep #5 'One Good Stroke Deserves Another' dir by David Reynolds] 7-part comedy series (+ Christmas special, 1984); for BBC1-tv

1983

Innocent Until Proved Guilty [Harry Weisbloom] doc/40m; for BBC2-tv doc series '40 Minutes', 1981-94

1983

Alas Smith & Jones [ep #1 dir by Martin Shardlow] 62-part comedy series, 1984-87 (+ 2 specials, 1987 & 1988); 1st series, 1984; ph film seq; for BBC2-tv

1983

Bergerac [ep #25 'A Touch of Eastern Promise' dir by Christopher King] 3rd season, 1983-84; see 1982

1983

Sunset People [Jana Bokova] doc/110m; special BBC2-tv arts series 'Arena' (1984)

1984

The Caravaggio Conspiracy [Nigel Finch] doc/60m; ep BBC2-tv arts series 'Arena'

1984

Beat This! A Hip Hop History [Dick Fontaine] doc/58m; addph: Sandi Sissel; special BBC2-tv arts series 'Arena'

1984

Big Deal [ep #1 'Red Lady, Black Night' dir by Brian Lighthill] 30-part series, 1984-86; 1st series (10 ep)

1984

The Sword and the Shield [Ian Duncan] doc/60m; cph: Peter Chapman; ep #5 of 8-part BBC1-tv doc series 'SOE'

1984

Francis Bacon [: The Brutality of Fact] [Michael Blackwood] doc/58m/16mm; cph: Mead Hunt; ep BBC2-tv arts series 'Arena'

1984

Give Us a Break [ep 'Hustle Bustle Toil and Muscle' dir by Christopher King] Christmas special/95m; see 1983

1985

I Woke Up One Morning [Robin Nash (dir) & Richard Boden (film dir)] 12-part (x 30m) sitcom series, 1985-86; ph film seq; for BBC1-tv

1985

Ligmalion: A Musical for the 80s [Nigel Finch] docudrama/89m; ep BBC2-tv arts series 'Arena'

1985

Khun Or - The Reed that Bends [David Wallace] dram doc/49m/16mm; ep BBC2-tv series 'Global Report'

1985

The Triumph of the West - A View of World History By John Roberts [ep #2 'A New Direction' dir by ? & #5 'East of Europe' dir by Ann Hummel] 13-part (x 50m) doc series; cph: John Else (#2 & 5), Peter Hall (#5) & Martin Patmore (#5)

1987

Elphida [Tunde Ikoli] tvm/60m

1989

Spymaker - The Secret Life of Ian Fleming [Ferdinand Fairfax] tvm; 2uc (2ud: Peter MacDonald): Ronnie Maasz

1991

Prisoner of Honor [Ken Russell] tvm

1995

Roald Dahl’s Little Red Riding Hood [Donald Sturrock] tvm/45m; special BBC-tv arts series 'Omnibus'

1995

Snow White: A Tale of Terror/The Grimm Brothers' Snow White/Snow White [in the Black Forest] [Michael Cohn] tvm; 2uc: Martin Grosup; opening seq ph: Arthur Wooster

1999

RKO 281 [: The Battle Over Citizen Kane] [Benjamin Ross] tvm/b&w-c; originally to be made as a feature film dir by Ridley Scott

2006

The Mermaid Chair [Steven Schachter] tvm/HD (Sony F900); uwph: Pauline Heaton

2006

Life Line [Jamie Payne] 2-part tvm/s16

2008

U Be Dead [Jamie Payne] tvm/HD (ARRI D-21)

2010

The Little House [Jamie Payne] 2-part (x 60m) tvm/HD (ARRI D-21)

2010

Tina Turner [Rudi Dolezal] mus doc/45m; cph: Philippe Chamaillard; ep #10 of 10-part mus doc series 'neoMusic Portrait' (2010-11); for ZDFneo-tv

2012

Doctor Who [ep #90 (HD [ARRI ALEXA Plus]) 'The Hider in the House' dir by Jamie Payne] series, 2005-present; 7th season, 2012-13

 

 MUSIC VIDEOS [Selection]

1987

The Right Thing [a: Simply Red; d: Andy Morahan]

1987

I Want Your Sex [a: George Michael; d: Andy Morahan & George Michael]

1987

Faith [a: George Michael; d: Andy Morahan]

1988

Monkey [a: George Michael; d: Andy Morahan]

1990

Freedom '90 [a: George Michael; d: David Fincher]

1991

Auberge [a: Chris Rea; d: Nigel Dick]

1991

Cream [a: Prince; d: Rebecca Blake] cph: Deke Donelian

1991

Diamonds & Pearls [a: Prince; d: Rebecca Blake] cph: Deke Donelian

1992

One (Version 1) [a: U2; d: Anton Corbijn] b&w

1992

November Rain [a: Guns N' Roses; d: Andy Morahan] cph: Daniel Pearl

1994

Completely [a: Michael Bolton; d: Rebecca Blake]

1994

Tell Me When [a: The Human League; d: Andy Morahan]

1995

This Ain't a Love Song [a: Bon Jovi; d: Andy Morahan]

2004

No Way Out [a: Phil Collins; d: Norman Watson]

2004

Round Here [a: George Michael; d: Andy Morahan]

 

 FILMS AS DIRECTOR

2000

Bubbles [short/11m/s16] ph: Richard Terry

2002

Air Bud: Spikes Back [feature; + ph] see Films

2010

Danny Tang - Attention to Detail [doc; + ph/ed] see Films

2015

The Millinery Lesson [doc; + prod/ph] see Films