Tony Miller (cinematographer)

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Tony Miller DOP
Tony Miller DOP
Occupation English director of photography and documentary filmmaker
Agent United Agents
Known for documentaries including Mustang: the Hidden Kingdom

Tony Miller is an English director of photography and documentary film maker, known for his cinematography and his documentaries, including Mustang: the Hidden Kingdom.

Early life[edit]

Born in Oxford, the son of a medical professor and concert pianist mother, he studied drama at Bristol University.[1]

First documentaries[edit]

In 1988, aged 23, Miller illegally entered Burma, to direct and 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. He followed it up with Dying for Democracy Channel 4, in 1989.[2]

Throughout the 1990s, Miller filmed more than 50 documentaries for BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and the US,[citation needed] these were predominantly anthropological. These included two years spent working closely with the Dalai Lama, directing Mustang: The Hidden Kingdom, a cinema documentary, narrated by Harrison Ford, following an emissary sent by the Dalai Lama to the then closed kingdom of Mustang. A five- and a six-year-old were sent back to be educated with the Dalai Lama, the idea being that they would one day return to Mustang having had a Tibetan education. The film won awards including Gold Medal New York Films Festival, Cine Golden Eagle, Banf Festival golden lion and was shown worldwide.[3]

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.[citation needed]

Visions of Heaven and Hell, a documentary on the world in 2025, was nominated for best factual cinematography at the Royal Television Society awards in 1997.[citation needed]

Miller has concentrated on filming fiction since 2000. Feature films include: Benjamin, Peter and Wendy, Infinite Justice, The Honeytrap and I Really Hate My Job. His television miniseries include: Fleabag, Quirke Spotless, The Passion for HBO/BBC, Zen, Public Enemies and Small Island (from the book by Andrea Levy). Miller was nominated for a BAFTA award for cinematography in 2010 for Small Island.

Miller won the British Society of Cinematographers best cinematography award by Quirke in 2014.[citation needed] In 2011, Miller was nominated for a Royal Television Award for best factual cinematography.[citation needed] and in 2016 for best cinematography award in drama Fleabag. He is a member of BAFTA, a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.

Miller holds a commercial pilots license and flies a turbine Cessna Silver Eagle. He is married with two children.





  • Mustang the Hidden Kingdom
  • Spirits of the Rainforest
  • The Meerkats
  • Marathon Boy (co-credit)
  • Songs of the Sea (co-credit)
  • Burma Report
  • Dying for Democracy
  • The Dingle Dolphin
  • Calypso Music
  • Gorillas Revisited
  • Visions of Heaven and Hell
  • Exposure
  • Spirit Hunters
  • Maasai of the Crater
  • HG Wells
  • In the Company of Whales
  • Marathon Monks of Mount Hei
  • Wild Things Elephants
  • Cats
  • Wagner’s Women
  • Schumann
  • Baby Its You
  • Zoe
  • Gloriana
  • Naturewatch
  • The Gospel of Judas