Petch's debut feature film 'The Patrol' won the Raindance Film Festival, and was released to critical acclaim: 'Guerilla Film Making' (The Telegraph); 'first time writer-director Tom Petch makes a powerful impression with this tough, smart war movie' (Peter Bradshaw, Guardian); 'A former soldier's award-winning film about disillusioned troops in Afghanistan is impressive' (Mark Kermode, Observer). He since founded Dark Wave and has new features in development.
'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'.
Veteran's review of 'The Patrol' .
If you know neither yourself nor your enemy you will lose every battle
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' which appeared in Raindance, Foyle, LA, and Soho Rushes Film Festivals, where he was nominated best newcomer.
Recently Tom founded Dark Wave, a UK based film production company to develop his own and others feature films.
Petch supports mental health, including making a film for the Veteran charity Talking2Minds. He has appeared on Sky and BBC; TV and radio.
Petch is married and lives by the sea with his four children, when not writing and directing he can be found surfing.