The Cave

Based on true events, THE CAVE tells the untold story of the rescue that captivated the world, from the point of view of the unsung heroes in the Tham Luang mission to free the trapped 13 'Wild Boars', culminating in a triumphant outcome against all the odds.

  • Tom Waller
    Director
    The Last Executioner, Mindfulness and Murder
  • Tom Waller
    Writer
    The Last Executioner, Mindfulness and Murder
  • Tom Waller
    Producer
    The Last Executioner, Mindfulness and Murder
  • Allen Liu
    Producer
  • Jim Warny
    Key Cast
    "Himself"
  • James Edward Holley
    Key Cast
    "The Major"
  • Nopadol Niyomka
    Key Cast
    "Himself (Pooyai Tun)"
  • Jumpa Saenprom
    Key Cast
    "Mae Bua"
  • Tan Xiaolong
    Key Cast
    "Himself"
  • Ekawat Niratworapanya
    Key Cast
    "Coach"
    Last Summer
  • Wade Muller H.K.S.C.
    Director of Photography
    The Last Executioner, Mindfulness and Murder
  • Lee Chatametikool
    Editor
    Memoria, Apprentice
  • Pongnarin Jonghawklang
    Production Designer
    The Last Executioner, Mindfulness and Murder
  • Olivier Lliboutry
    Composer
    The Last Executioner, Mindfulness and Murder
  • Katrina Grose
    Associate Producer
    The Last Executioner
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    The Cave - Nang Non
  • Project Type:
    Feature
  • Genres:
    Drama, Docudrama
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 40 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    October 1, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    2,000,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    Thailand
  • Country of Filming:
    Ireland, Thailand, United Kingdom
  • Language:
    Chinese, English, Thai
  • Shooting Format:
    Arri Alexa
  • Aspect Ratio:
    2.35:1
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Busan International Film Festival

    Korea, Republic of
    October 5, 2019
    World Premiere
    Official Selection - A Window on Asian Cinema
  • Vancouver International Film Festival
    Vancouver
    Canada
    October 8, 2019
    North American Premiere
    Official Selection
  • BFI London Film Festival
    London
    United Kingdom
    October 11, 2019
    European Premiere
    Official Selection - Thrill Strand
  • QCinema Film Festival
    Manila
    Philippines
    October 19, 2019
    Philippines Premiere
    Special Screening
  • Byron Bay International Film Festival
    Byron Bay
    Australia
    October 26, 2019
    Australian Premiere
    Closing Gala Film
  • Cork Film Festival
    Cork
    Ireland
    November 9, 2019
    Irish Premiere
    Audience Award nominee
  • Leeds Film Festival
    Leeds
    United Kingdom
    November 10, 2019
  • Jogja-NETPAC Asian Film Festival
    Yogyakarta
    Indonesia
    November 22, 2019
    Indonesian Premiere
  • International Film Festival of Kerala
    Kerala
    India
    December 8, 2019
    Indian Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Cairo International Film Festival
    Cairo
    Egypt
    November 24, 2019
    Egypt Premiere
    World Panorama
  • Moscow International Film Festival
    Moscow
    Russian Federation
    October 12, 2020
    Russian Premiere
    Films Around The World
  • Dhaka Film Festival
    Dhaka
    Bangladesh
    January 15, 2020
    Bangladeshi
    Asian Competition
  • Cinematik International Film Festival
    Piestany
    Slovakia
    September 12, 2020
    Slovak Premiere
    Paths of Glory
  • Heartland International Film Festival
    Indianapolis, Indiana
    United States
    October 10, 2020
    U.S. Drive-in Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Meraki Film Festival
    Madrid
    Spain
    April 23, 2021
    Best Fiction Feature
  • Sunscreen Film Festival
    St. Petersburg, Florida
    United States
    April 30, 2021
    Florida Premiere
    Best Foreign Feature Film
  • Julien Dubuque International Film Festival
    Dubuque, Iowa
    United States
    April 23, 2021
    In Competition
  • Sedona International Film Festival
    Sedona, Arizona
    United States
    June 12, 2021
    Humanitarian Award - Best Feature
  • Sonoma Summerfest
    Sedona, California
    United States
    August 8, 2021
    Official Selection
  • L'Hospitalet De Llobregat International Film Festival
    Barcelona
    Spain
    September 16, 2021
  • Newport Beach Film Festival
    Newport Beach, California
    United States
    October 21, 2021
Distribution Information
  • Wild Bunch
    Sales Agent
    Country: Worldwide
    Rights: All Rights
  • MadRiver International
    Sales Agent
    Country: Worldwide
    Rights: All Rights
  • CAA
    Sales Agent
    Country: United States
    Rights: All Rights
Director Biography - Tom Waller

TOM WALLER (Writer/Director/Producer) is a Thai filmmaker born in Bangkok to an Irish Catholic father and a Thai Buddhist mother. Before THE CAVE, he had directed two feature films set in Thailand which were theatrically released. He was nominated in 2012 for two Thai National Film Association Awards: Best Director and Best Screenplay for his Thai language murder mystery MINDFULNESS AND MURDER (2011), and won the Best Director award at Dhaka International Film Festival for biopic, THE LAST EXECUTIONER (2014), which also won Thailand's Best Picture “Tukkata Tong” Golden Doll award in 2015. The critically acclaimed film had premiered In Competition at the Shanghai International Film Festival, winning the Golden Goblet award for Best Actor (Vithaya Pansringarm). Waller currently serves on the Jury of the Thai National Film Association Awards and is a voting BAFTA member. He founded his production company De Warrenne Pictures in 1996 after graduating from the Northern Film School in Leeds, England.

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Director Statement

Like everyone else on the planet, I was following the news of the 12 boys and their coach trapped in a cave in northern Thailand with much anticipation. People around the world watched the events unfold and their hearts were beating collectively. I realized that as a Thai filmmaker I was in a unique position to tell this story. My film THE CAVE focuses on the volunteer spirit of the rescuers, following the untold personal stories of those unsung heroes involved in the mission to bring out the 13 alive. It was a Thai emergency, but the whole world tuned in and tried to help.