• About

    Tom Petch is a director, screenwriter and founder of Salt Film. Petch's debut feature 'The Patrol', released to critical acclaim, was described as both 'impressive' - Peter Bradshaw (Guardian) and 'a British answer to the Hurt Locker' (Total Film). He has two new feature films in development.

  • Feature

    Petch's debut feature film 'The Patrol' won Feature Film of the Festival at Raindance 2013, and was released in February 2014 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 has two 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'.




  • Shortform

    A film about PTSD for the charity Talking2Minds

    Written by Nick Allsop, Directed by Tom Petch, Camera Stu Bentley, Edited by Luke Deverill.
  • If you know neither yourself nor your enemy you will lose every battle

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  • Biography

    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' 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' about the war in Afghanistan. He has two new feature films in development.


    As well as feature film Petch directs commercials, including a film for the Veteran charity Talking2Minds. He comments on contemporary military issues and has appeared on Sky and BBC; TV and radio.


    Petch is married and lives by the sea with his three children, when not writing and directing he can be found surfing.

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