Born in Thailand to an Irish father and Thai mother, Tom Waller is an international film-maker and film producer. In Thailand, he’s best known for his second film, Mindfulness and Murder (2010), which was nominated for Best Director, Best Screenplay and Best Film at the Subhanahongsa Awards. Tom’s latest feature, The Last Executioner (fb.com/thelastexecutioner), is based on the life of the late Chavoret Jaruboon. Chavoret was Thailand’s last man to use a sub-machine gun on death row inmates at Bang Kwang Central Prison before the capital punishment method was changed to lethal injection. Vithaya Pansringarm of Only God Forgives plays him in the film, which was selected as one of 15 nominations for The Golden Goblet of the Shanghai International Film Festival last week where Vithaya won Best Actor. Tom talks to us about The Last Executioner, which will hit Thai cinemas on Jul 3.
WHEN DID YOU DISCOVER YOUR PASSION FOR FILM-MAKING?
I was eight years old when I saw E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial made by Steven Spielberg and have wanted to make movies ever since. My father had a Super 8 film camera and projector which I used to borrow to make my own little films and show them to friends.
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