MIKE SOUTHON bsc.
Welcome to my website.
I hope you get some idea about my work as well as a sense of the aesthetic and practical thought processes that motivated what you see. To see notes click on the info button (i) below each video.
Mike joined BBC TV’s film unit at Ealing Studios and travelled the world on news, music and arts, documentaries and drama productions.
Recognition of his work first came with seven documentaries shot in Bolton England about the inner workings of a large hospital. The series won many prizes including the prestigious Prix Italia. He was principal cinematographer on BBC2’s ARENA which won five BAFTA’s in a row. He also worked on Omnibus photographing documentaries with The Royal Ballet and Ballet Rambert. He gained a reputation for working on “difficult” subjects including films about Sex Change and Remand.
Mike left the BBC to freelance. He quickly made his mark in music videos for artists such as U2, Prince , GEORGE MICHAEL, TORI AMOS, SEAL, MICHAEL BOLTON, DEPECHE MODE, winning two best photography awards for his MTV work for FREEDOM (George Michael) and NOVEMBER RAIN (Guns & Roses).
He has shot and occasionally directed award winning TV commercials for clients and companies around the globe.
Mike has photographed many features including, GOTHIC and PRISONER’S OF HONOR for Ken Russell. PAPERHOUSE for Bernard Rose, Universal’s KISS BEFORE DYING for James Dearden, Orion’s LITTLE MAN TATE for Jodie Foster, Castle Rock’s RUN OF THE COUNTRY and Interscope’s ROOMMATES for Peter Yates, Paramount’s EMILY BRONTE’S WUTHERING HEIGHTS, Interscope’s SNOW WHITE - A TALE OF TERROR for Michael Cohn and for which he received 19th Annual CABLEACE Nomination for Best Cinematography and an ASC Nomination for Best Cinematography for a Mini Series of made for Television Movies. Su Armstrong and Tony and Ridley Scott produced RKO 281 which was directed by Ben Ross and received a Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture made for Television. He works regularly with director Jamie Payne on one off TV dramas , Lifeline, Little House, U B Dead and most recently Dr who.
He has just completed a screenplay, “Improperly Dressed” adapted from the novel The Antique Collector” by Glynn Hughes.
He is co-writing a black comedy “New Best Friends” with Adam Morse.
He has started directing & shooting a documentary , “ Ninety Degree Angle” following 4 young London based artists undergoing a big change in their lives and how it influences their work.
Recent cinematography work includes:-
DR WHO - HIDER IN THE HOUSE;TV director Jamie Payne
ST GEORGE’S DAY :feature : director Frank Harper / Metrodome.
SPOOKY BUDDIES :feature :director Robert Vince / Disney
GEORGE MICHAEL “Where I Hope You Are” music video
THE COLLECTIVE “Teardrop” music video.
REMINESCENCE A film for fashion label Jaeha
UNITY IN TIME & SPACE A film for fashion label Ethologie
Mike is a Past President of the British Society of Cinematographers.
He has run lighting, lens and composition workshops at Camerimage, Poland and at The London International Film School in London where he also a mentor to past graduate Reem Morsi.