Tony Miller (cinematographer)

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Tony Miller
Tony Miller
OccupationEnglish director of photography
Known forSmall Island and Fleabag

Tony Miller is an English director of photography known for his cinematography and his documentaries.

Early life[edit]

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


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]





  • 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


  1. ^ miller, tony. "Tony Miller - About".
  2. ^ "Tony Miller's Passion for film".
  3. ^ "Mustang: The Hidden Kingdom".