Tom Waller first launched De Warrenne Pictures in London in 1996 with the aim of developing high quality feature films for international release.
In 1998, his feature film debut MONK DAWSON, based on an award-winning novel by Piers Paul Read (ALIVE), was released theatrically in the UK and sold to television worldwide.
He followed this with Kaprice Kea’s BUTTERFLY MAN, shot and made in Thailand and released theatrically in UK and Thailand in 2002, as well as worldwide on television and home video.
In 2003 Waller moved to Thailand to set up De Warrenne Pictures (Thailand) Co. Ltd. based in Bangkok and Chiangmai.
In 2004 he collaborated with British director Mark Duffield to make GHOST OF MAE NAK, a Thai language ghost horror movie based on a famous old Thai legend. The movie charted at No.3 at the Thai box office, and no. 2 in Malaysia upon theatrical release in 2005.
In 2005, Waller collaborated with Unison Films Inc. to produce award-winning writer/director Seth Grossman’s feature directorial debut THE ELEPHANT KING, featuring Academy Award winner Ellen Burstyn. The film premiered at Tribeca Film Festival 2006.
In 2007, Waller produced Thomas Clay's acclaimed drama SOI COWBOY, which was selected for the 2008 Cannes Film Festival in Un Certain Regard.
In 2009, De Warrenne Pictures provided production services to Nu Image/Millennium Films' THE PRINCE AND ME: THE ELEPHANT ADVENTURE as well as Jon Amiel's CREATION.
By 2010, De Warrenne Pictures had become one of the top 10 leading production service companies working in Thailand, with clients including NuImage/Millennium Films, The Recorded Picture Company, Infinity Features, BBC Films and the Survivor TV show.
In 2012, Waller was awarded the prestigious "Phra Kinaree" role-model Award from the Broadcaster and Journalists Assembly of Thailand.
By 2014, the Company had handled more than a dozen feature titles shooting in the Kingdom of Thailand, including Hollywood action movies ELEPHANT WHITE and NINJA: SHADOW OF A TEAR, as well as numerous TVCs, documentary shoots and other audio-visual productions.
In 2015, THE LAST EXECUTIONER, which was directed by Waller, won Best Picture and Best Screenplay at Thailand's "Tukkata Tong" or "Golden Doll" prestige awards.
In 2016, Summit Entertainment will release the Millennium Films production MECHANIC RESURRECTION, an action sequel starring Jason Statham, Jessica Alba and Tommy Lee Jones which was handled by De Warrenne Pictures in Thaiand. Company founder Tom Waller served a Line Producer for the $40m production, which has grossed more than $125 million USD worldwide.
Wanda Media is also shooting Chinese sci-fi thriller BATTLE OF MEMORIES in the Kingdom. Waller serves as Co-Producer.
Right: Seal of Earl
The company name is derived from Tom Waller's family ancestor, William de Warrenne, a noble Norman knight from Varennes in France who fought alongside William the Conqueror in the Battle of Hastings in 1066.
GHOST OF MAE NAK, the Comapny's first Thai language movie on nationwide theatrical release in Thailand in 2005.
Below: MECHANIC: RESURRECTION, for Lionsgate/Millennium Films Inc.