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Tom Waller

Biography

Tom Waller (full name Thomas de Warrenne Waller) was born in Bangkok to a Thai Buddhist mother and Irish Catholic father. He 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, England in 1995, he embarked on producing and directing his first film project Monk Dawson (1998) aka Passion for the Priest (US video title), a made-for-TV movie based on the award-winning novel by Piers Paul Read.

After 5 years in London, Waller returned to his native Thailand in 2002 as a producer of independent feature films, with Butterfly Man (2002/I), Il fantasma di Mae Nak (2005), The Elephant King (2006) amongst the acclaimed titles produced through his production company De Warrenne Pictures. In 2008, he produced Thomas Clay's Soi Cowboy (2008) which was selected for the Cannes Film Festival in Un Certain Regard.

In 2006, Waller was hired by Sony BMG Thailand to direct the El Nin-YO! music video for Thai-American pop princess _Tata Young_. Both the song and MV went straight to No.1 on Channel V and MTV charts.

After producing assignments in Thailand on foreign films Bitter/Sweet (2009), Creation (2009/I) and the Un principe tutto mio 4 (2010) (V), Waller decided to return to his passion for directing with Sop-mai-ngeap (2011), his Thai language cinematic directorial debut.

In addition to directing again, he recently served as a producer on the English language debut of celebrated Thai director _Prachya Pinkaew_ (Ong-Bak - Nato per combattere (2003)) with the Hollywood action thriller Elephant White (2011).

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