'I have been that angry soldier... If you don't believe that any of these aspects can or have occurred, then take assurance from an old hand... they have and they do. Soldiers soldier, not because of orders, not for patriotism, not for money, not for love... they do it for the man next to them, and the respect that comes from that service... that title 'Soldier'.
Tom Petch is a director, screenwriter and founder of Salt Film.
Petch served for eight years in the British Army, including tours of Bosnia and Cambodia, leaving the Army in 1997. In 2000 he founded Salt Film, which went on to become the UK's most successful commercial location and production company. He continues on there today as both company director and producer.
Petch has written and directed a number of short films, including 'Low Street' (2004) which appeared in Raindance, Foyle, LA, and Soho Rushes Film Festivals, where he was nominated best newcomer.
Petch wrote and directed his first feature film 'The Patrol' (2014) about the war in Afghanistan. His second feature film is in development.
As well as feature film Petch directs commercials, recently directing a film for the Veteran charity Talking2Minds, and comments on contemporary military issues appearing on Sky and BBC; TV and radio.
Petch is married and lives in London with his three children. When not writing and directing, he can be found surfing or painting.