Writer and director Tom Waller discusses his film 'The Cave' retelling the Thai soccer team rescue of 2018

Author
John Cowan,
Publish Date
Sun, 15 Aug 2021, 8:07PM

Writer and director Tom Waller discusses his film 'The Cave' retelling the Thai soccer team rescue of 2018

Author
John Cowan,
Publish Date
Sun, 15 Aug 2021, 8:07PM

Born in Bangkok to a Thai Buddhist mother and Irish Catholic father, Tom spent his formative years at a Benedictine monastery school in Yorkshire, England before pursuing a career in film and television. After attending the Northern Film School in Leeds in 1995, he embarked on producing and directing his first feature film project Monk Dawson.

Tom returned to Thailand in 2002 and produced multiple independent feature films through his production company De Warrenne Pictures, now one of Thailand's leading international production companies based out of Bangkok and Chiang Mai.

After producing assignments in Thailand on foreign films, Tom decided to return to his passion for directing with Mindfulness and Murder. His Thai language cinematic directorial debut, the film was nominated for 5 Thailand National Film Association awards including Best Picture and Best Director. In 2014, he produced and directed The Last Executioner, an award-winning biopic on Thailand's last prison executioner.

In 2019, Tom wrote and directed The Cave, the first narrative feature film about the dramatic Thai Cave Rescue that captivated the world in the summer of 2018. The film premiered at the Busan International Film Festival.

Tom lives in Bangkok with his four children.