Southon, Mike

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Cinematographer and director. British Broadcasting Corporation, photographer for television documentaries, 1970s, became director of photography, 1976 through 1980s; photographer of commercials and more than 250 music videos for recording artists such as the Spice Girls, Michael Bolton, Prince, Chris Rea, Simply Red, and Tori Amos, and "November Rain" by Guns 'n Roses; director of music videos, including "Freedom '90" by George Michael, 1991.


British Society of Cinematographers (president, beginning c. 1998).

Awards, Honors:

Music Video Production Association Award, 1991, for "Freedom '90"; MTV Video Music Award (with others), 1992, for "November Rain"; Ad Spot Award, 1995; American Society of Cinematographers Award nomination, outstanding cinematography in movies or the week or pilots, 1998, and Annual CableACE Award nomination, National Cable Television Association, both for Snow White: A Tale of Terror.


Film Cinematographer:

First two films in series, Change of Sex (series of five documentary films), beginning c. 1979.

Burroughs (documentary), Cinecom International, 1983.

Sunset People, 1984. Francis Bacon, la brutalite du reel (documentary), 1985.

Captive (also known as Heroiene), Virgin Films, 1986.

Gothic, Vestron Pictures, 1986.

"Louise" (some sources cite "Depuis le jour"), Aria, Miramax, 1987.

Paperhouse, Vestron Pictures, 1988.

Queen of Hearts, Cinecom International, 1989.

Chicago Joe and the Showgirl, New Line Cinema, 1990.

A Kiss before Dying, Universal, 1991.

Little Man Tate, Orion, 1991.

Code Name: Chaos (also known as Spies Inc., Spies, Lies, and Alibis, and S.P.O.O.K.S.), 1992.

Wuthering Heights (also known as Emily Bronte's "Wuthering Heights"), Escarlata Films, 1992.

Roommates, Buena Vista, 1995.

The Run of the Country, Sony Pictures Releasing, 1995.

Air Bud (also known as Disney's "Air Bud," MVP (Most Valuable Pooch), and Tobby le joueur etoile), Buena Vista, 1997.

Air Bud: Golden Receiver (also known as Air Bud 2 and Tobby 2: Receveur etoile), Dimension Films, 1998.

Sorted, A Plus Entertainment, 2000.

Replicant, Artisan Entertainment, 2001.

Air Bud: Spikes Back (also known as Tobby 5: L'as du volley–ball), Miramax, 2003.

Bandido, Arcangelo Entertainment, 2003.

MXP: Most Xtreme Primate (also known as MVP 3 and MXP: Mon xtreme primate), Miramax, 2003.

Pursued, 2003.

Spymate, Miramax, 2003.

Tricks, Dog & Pony Productions/Gas Food & Lodging/Museum Bank Pictures, 2003.

Film Director:

Bubbles (short film), 1st Foot Films, 2001.

Air Bud: Spikes Back (also known as Tobby 5: L'as du volley–ball), Miramax, 2003.

Film Appearances:

Wiecej swiatka (documentary), 1997.

Television Cinematographer; Series:

Bergerac, BBC, 1981–91.

Television Cinematographer; Movies:

Goldeneye: The Secret Life of Ian Fleming (also known as Spymaster), 1989.

The Secret Life of Ian Fleming (also known as Spymaker: The Secret Life of Ian Fleming), TNT, 1990.

Prisoner of Honor, HBO, 1991.

The Final Cut, HBO, 1996.

Snow White: A Tale of Terror (also known as The Grimm Brothers' "Snow White," Snow White, Snow White: A Tale of Terror, Snow White in the Black Forest, and Snow White in the Dark Forest), Showtime, 1997.

The Duke (also known as Hubert), The Disney Channel, 1999.

RKO 281 (also known as RKO 281: The Battle over Citizen Kane), HBO, 1999.

Some sources cite Southon as the cinematographer of Roald Dahl's "Little Red Riding Hood."

Television Cinematographer; Specials:

Dallas the Big Store, BBC, 1981.

The Caravaggio Conspiracy, BBC, 1984.

Ligmalion: A Musical for the 80s (also known as Ligmalion), 1985.

Television Appearances; Movies:

(Uncredited) Member of television news crew in van, The Final Cut, Showtime, 1996.



The Making of "Bandido," American Movie and Recording Artists, 2003.

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