Southan Morris is one of the most respected and sought-after directors in the UK. His diverse career has seen him spend months on the front line with British and American Marines in Afghanistan, as well as filming in some of the harshest climates around the world. He is well known for his work on Ross Kemp Back on the Front Line, Ross Kemp Extreme World (Chicago Heroin), Drugs Inc for Nat Geo (The Hash Trail), Top Gear and most recently directing Idris Elba: King of Speed for BBC Two and series directing Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Year.
Southan spent the first nine years of his career at the BBC, directing multi-camera and documentary productions, including Foot in the Door, Ruby Wax meets OJ, Spice Girls and Recommended Daily Allowance. He then left to launch his own production company, Scream Films, where he was Creative Director and where he executive produced all of Scream’s 400 hours of broadcast television. Scream grew rapidly with a varied portfolio including Terror Alert, The Boy with Divine Powers, Tree Man, Loose Lips, I’m Famous & frightened and Dale’s Wedding. In 2004, Scream was voted Most Creative Independent by the Broadcast Commissioners’ survey. The following year the company was bought by Fox Television Studios and Southan went on to run Fox Studios UK for two years. In 2012 Southan joined Stuart Prebble, Samantha Richards and David Buckley to set up Storyvault Films of which he is currently a director.
Throughout his time at Scream and currently at Storyvault, Southan has continued his career as a Director of high-quality programmes. These have included everything from music videos and commercials, to serious documentaries and big budget factual entertainment programmes. Previous Credits include: BBC One specials – Lenny’s Big Atlantic Adventure (Broadcast nominated); Jack Dee Sent to Siberia; Ian Wright Surviving the Kalahari (Broadcast nominated); Ross Kemp Alive in Alaska; ITV’s Men in Tights, in which eight shipyard workers from Newcastle performed with the English National Ballet (Grierson Award); ITV Sound of Music Children (Bafta Nominated), Willie’s Wonky Chocolate Factory for Channel 4, Robson Green’s Wild Swimming, and Feature Documentary; George Michael, A Different Story. The latter achieved a cinematic release in sixteen countries and was the official selection at the Berlin International Film Festival, Tribeca, Copenhagen and Rio de Janeiro film festivals.