#1/2: Courtesy of Tony Miller

 

   


TONY MILLER   BSC

 

Born: 28 November 1964, Oxford, UK, as Antony Miller, the son of a medical professor and concert pianist mother.

Education: Bristol University [Drama; 1984-87].

Career: In 1988, Miller illegally entered Burma, to film a documentary about human rights violations. The resulting film was one of the first to document the mass killing of students and protestors by the Burmese Junta in 1988 and was broadcast by Channel 4.

Throughout the 1990s, Miller filmed over 50 documentaries, predominantly anthropological. These included two years spent working closely with the Dalai Lama, directing 'Mustang: The Hidden Kingdom', a tv/cinema documentary, narrated by Harrison Ford, following an emissary sent by the Dalai Lama to the then closed kingdom of Mustang. 'Mustang 2' is a cinema documentary follow up to the original film. Filmed over the past twenty years, it documents 25 years in the lives of two Tibetan boys. In 1991, Miller spent two years filming whales, above and underwater for 'In the Company of Whales' about the life of cetacean expert Roger Payne, and a year in the rainforest of Manu filming the Machiguenga Indians for 'Spirits of the Rainforest'.

Miller learnt to fly, after surviving two plane crashes at the hands of other pilots. He holds a commercial pilot license with over 1,500 hours flight time worldwide.

Also active as director.

Ph commercials and music videos.

Full member of the BSC since January 2014.

Operates [with lens engineer Chris Edwards] the lens rental company The Vintage Lens Company.

Awards [selection]: BAFTA TV Award 'Photography and Lighting - Fiction' nom [2010] for 'Small Island'; RTS Craft & Design Award 'Photography - Documentary/Factual & Non Drama' nom [2010/11; shared] for 'Marathon Boy; BSC TV Award 'Best Cinematography in a Television Drama' [2014] for 'Quirke' [ep 'Christine Falls'].

Website: Tony Miller

Agents: The Dench Arnold Agency (London)  |  Gersh Production (USA)

 

NOT to be confused with doph Tony C. Miller [e.g. the short film 'The Leap' (2014)]


 FILMS

1991

The Marathon Monks of Mount Hiei [field dir: Michael Yorke; writer/prod: Christopher J. Hayden] 16mm/c; doc/57m; alternate version (writer/dir: Michael Yorke; 52m) for Channel 4-tv

1997

Tangier Cop/Heartbreak City [Stephen Whittaker] c

2000

L'embellie/Bright Spell [Jean-Baptiste Erreca] b&w; short/29m

2000

The Honeytrap [Michael Gunther] s35/c; released in 2002

2003

Killing Time [Zadoc Nava] c; short/8m

2005

Infinite Justice [Jamil Dehlavi] HD/c; cph: Nic Knowland; addph: Joe Dyer

2006

I Really Hate My Job [Oliver Parker] c

2006

The Meerkats/Meerkats: The Movie [James Honeyborne] 35mm+s16-to-35mm scope/c; doc/83m; cph: Barrie Britton & Mark Payne-Gill; vfx ph: Tom Debenham; filmed 2006-07

2007

Marathon Boy [Gemma Atwal] HD (Panasonic HDX-900)/c; doc/98m; co-addph; ph: Matt Norman; filmed 2006-10 (in India); released in 2010

2015

Zuzana's Story/Surviving with Bach [Peter Getzels] HD (Sony F55)/c; mus doc/?m; in production

2015

Sanatorium/Sanatorium Under the Sign of the Hourglass [The Brothers Quay] in development since 2010

2016

Bring Back the Cat [Lenny Dorfman] RED Dragon (scope)/c; short/38m

2016

Last Words [prod: Caroline Lawrence] HD/c; comm short/9m; for reprieve.org.uk (internet)

 

 TELEVISION & INTERNET

1988

Burma: Dying for Democracy [Christopher Mould] doc/41m; ep #3.11 Channel 4 series 'Dispatches' (1989)

1991

In the Company of Whales/Songs of the Sea [Robin Brown] doc/88m/s16; for Discovery Channel

1991

Cats [?] s16/c; doc/?m

1992

Maasai of the Crater [Tony Miller] doc/?m/s16; for National Geographic

1992

The Cormorant [Peter Markham] tvm; co-uwph; ph: Ashley Rowe; ep BBC2 series 'Screen Two'

1993

Exposure [Sue Bourne] doc/50m/s16; ep Channel 4 series 'Cutting Edge'

1993

Visions of Heaven and Hell [Mark Harrison & Leanne Klein] 3-part (#1 'Selling the Future', #2 'Welcome to the Jungle' & #3 'Virtual Wasteland') doc series/s16, 1994; for Channel 4

1993

Spirits of the Rainforest [Ginger Kathrens] doc/90m/s16; cph: G. Kathrens & Neal Williams; also alternate version 'The Spirit Hunters' (prod: Kim MacQuarrie & Drew Hunt; 50m); filmed in Peru over a 6 months period; for Discovery Channel

1993

Mustang: The Hidden Kingdom [Tony Miller] doc/90m/s16; filmed 1993-94; for Discovery Channel; also released theatrically

1994

Baby It's You/A Baby's World [Leanne Klein & David Hickman] 6-part doc series/s16; ?; ph: Graham Smith & Bernice Parker; for Channel 4

1995

Wagner's Women [Steve Ruggi] dram doc/55m

1995

H.G. Wells/H.G.: The History of Mr. Wells [?] doc/?m/s16; with Michael Foot

1995

Rock & Roll/Dancing in the Street - A Rock and Roll History [ep #9 (in UK #8) 'Punk/No Fun' dir by Hugh Thomson] 10-part (x 60m) mus doc series/b&w-c; cph: Colin Clarke, Sandi (as Sandy) Sissel, Patrick O'Shea & Ian Salvage; for PBS-tv (1995) & BBC2 (1996)

1996

Flying Soldiers [Tim Lambert] 6-part doc series (1. 'Airborne', 2. 'The Rotary Club', 3. 'Solo', 4. 'Flying Blind', 5. 'Under Pressure' & 6. 'War'); addph: Roger Chapman & Steve Robinson; for BBC1

1996

Cadfael [ep #7 'A Morbid Taste for Bones' dir by Richard Stroud] 13-part series/s16, 1994-98; 2nd series, 1995-96 (3 ep)

1997

Bramwell [ep #16-22 & #24 dir by various] 27-part series, 1995-98; 3rd season, 1997 (10 ep); other ph (#23 & #25): John McGlashan; for ITV-tv

1997

Cadfael [ep #8 'The Rose Rent' dir by Richard Stroud & #10 'The Raven in the Foregate' dir by Ken Grieve] 3rd series, 1997 (3 ep); see 1996

1998

Bramwell [ep #26 'Our Brave Boys' dir by Paul Unwin] 4th season, 1998 (2 ep); other ph: Daf Hobson; see 1997

1998

The American [Paul Unwin] tvm/35mm; addph: Donal Caulfield; in USA ep PBS-tv series 'Masterpiece Theatre'

1998

Rome: Power & Glory [Graham Townsley (ep #1 'The Rise' & #6 'The Fall'), Lynn Dougherty (ep #2 'Legion of Conquest' & #4 'Grasp of Empire') & Neil Barrett (ep #3 'Seduction of Power' & #5 'The Cult of Order')] 6-part doc series; co-addph; ph: Nic Knowland & Michael Mayers; for TLC-tv (The Learning Channel)

1999

Gloriana [Phyllida Lloyd] opera/138m/s16; for BBC2-tv (2000)

1999

The Last Musketeer [Bill Britten] tvm/120m/s16; for ITV1-tv (2000)

2000

Zoe [Teresa Griffiths] mus drama/?m/s16; for Channel 4-tv

2000

The Sandman [The Brothers Quay & William Tuckett] dance film/41m/s16; for Channel 4-tv

2002

Romeo and Juliet [Barbara Willis Sweete] opera/75m/s16; scenic ph: Milan Chadima; for Channel 4-tv; in USA ep of PBS-tv series 'Great Performances'

2002

Harmony in Hanoi [Anthony Fabian] mus doc/59m; for BBC4-tv (2003)

2003

Murphy's Law [ep #3 'Reunion' dir by Maurice Phillips] pilot (2001) + 22-part series/s16, 2003-07; 1st season, 2003 (4 ep); other ph: Julian Court, Lukas Strebel & Daniel Bronks; pilot dir by John Strickland & ph by Dominic Clemence; for BBC1-tv

2003

Auf Wiedersehen, Pet [ep #33 'Britannia Waives the Rules' dir by Maurice Phillips (MP), #34 'Our Men in Havana' dir by MP, #35 'A Gift from Fidel' dir by MP, #36 'Moonlighting' dir by David Innes Edwards (DIE), #37 'Dangerous Liaisons' dir by DIE & #38 'The End of the Affair' dir by DIE] 38-part series/s16, 1983-84, 1986, 2002 & 2004; 4th series, 2004 (6 ep)

2005

A Midsummer Night's Dream [Ed Fraiman] tvm/16mm; ep of series 'ShakespeaRe-Told'; for BBC1-tv

2005

The Gospel of Judas/The Gospel of Judas - Revealed/The Lost Gospel of Judas [James Barrat] doc + dram seq/87m/s16; addph: Neve Cunningham, Kris Denton, Nick Gardner, a.o.; for National Geographic (2006)

2005

Et l'homme inventa l'animal [Jean-Baptiste Erreca] 2-part ('Au début était le loup' & 'La révolution animale') doc series (2x 51m)/s16; cph: Harold Arsenault; for Canal+-tv/France3-tv (2006)

2005

Gorillas Revisited with Sigourney Weaver [Ingrid Kvale] doc/60m/s16; aph: Adrian Warren; for BBC4-tv/Animal Planet

2007

The Passion [Michael Offer] 4-part miniseries; for BBC1-tv (2008)

2008

Survivors [ep #1 (90m/35mm) dir by John Alexander] 12-part series, 2008 & 2010; 1st season, 2008 (6 ep); for BBC1-tv

2008

In Love with Barbara/Men Are Wonderful [Tim Whitby] tvm/RED One; for BBC4-tv

2009

Small Island [John Alexander] 2-part tvm/35mm (3 perf); for BBC1-tv

2009

The Turn of the Screw [Tim Fywell] tvm/35mm (2 perf)-to-HD; c.op 2u: Chris Plevin; for BBC1-tv

2009

10 Minute Tales [ep #2 'The Walkers' dir by Tim Whitby (TW) & #11 'The Running of the Deer' dir by TW] 11-part series of short films/16mm; for Sky1-tv 

2010

Zen [ep #1 'Vendetta' dir by John Alexander & #3 'Ratking' dir by Jon Jones] 3-part miniseries/RED, 2011; other ph (#2): Julian Court

2011

Without You/What to Do When Someone Dies [Tim Fywell] 3-part miniseries/HD (ARRI ALEXA); for ITV1-tv

2011

Public Enemies [Dearbhla Walsh] 3-part miniseries/35mm; for BBC1-tv (2012)

2012

Quirke [ep #1 'Christine Falls' dir by John Alexander] 3-part miniseries/HD (ARRI ALEXA); other ph: Alan Almond (#2) & Ruairi O'Brien (#3); for BBC1-tv (2014)

2013

Fabulous Fashionistas [Sue Bourne] doc/60m; ep of series 'Cutting Edge'; for Channel 4-tv

2014

Remember Me [Ashley Pearce] 3-part miniseries/HD (ARRI ALEXA); for BBC1-tv

2014

Spotless [ep #1 'One Hand Clapping' dir by Pascal Chaumeil (PC), #2 'Carrot & Stick' dir by PC & #9-10 dir by Philip John] series/HD (ARRI ALEXA), 2015-present; 1st season, 2015 (10 ep); other ph: Nic Knowland & Giulio Biccari; for Canal+-tv

2014

Dawn of Humanity [Graham Townsley] doc/113m/HD (Sony F55); cph: Henry Smith, Neil Barrett, Willem van Heerden, a.o.; filmed 2013-14; preview was posted online on 10 September 2015, and aired nationwide on 16 September 2015; prod by PBS-tv (series 'Nova') & National Geographic Studios for WGBH Boston

2015

Peter and Wendy [: Based on the Novel Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie]/Peter Pan [Diarmuid Lawrence] tvm/HD (ARRI ALEXA); for ITV-tv; to be released theatrically outside the UK

2016

Fleabag [6 ep dir by Harry Bradbeer] series/HD (ARRI ALEXA Mini [scope]), 2016 & 2019; 1st season, 2016 (6 ep); for BBC2 & 3-tv/Amazon Instant Video (internet); 'We did some tests in the beginning, I tested the RED and I tested the Alexa Mini. As we wanted quite a naturalistic look the RED just felt too harsh. It supposedly produces more definition, it's a true 4K camera, but as we all know bandwidth pixels don't always translate to pleasing images, so I decided to go with the Alexa Mini, which Amazon Studios approved for the very same reason as most of us (cinematographers) prefer it for, its look.' [From definitionmagazine.com]

2016

The Break [5 ep dir by various] series of short (c. 6m) monologues/HD, 2016-present; 2nd season, 2017 (5 ep); for BBC-tv (internet)

201?

Mustang 2 [Tony Miller] in production/s16+HD (Sony F55); to be completed in 2018; follow up to 'Mustang: The Hidden Kingdom' (1993-94); filmed over 25 years