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Tash Force (2012)

Follow Tash McDermott, the head of football intelligence at a Premier League football club, in his bid to end hooliganism on the terraces and infiltrate the local football firm.


Michael Booth




Credited cast:
Mark Woodward Mark Woodward ... Tash McDermott
Ian Wiggins Ian Wiggins ... The Journalist
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Neil Adams Neil Adams ... Officer Adams
Darren Bedson Darren Bedson ... PC Bedson
Andrew Birtwell Andrew Birtwell ... Buster Bloodvessel
Clive Bonelle Clive Bonelle ... Bernard
Alison Booth Alison Booth ... Fanny
Nick Breakspear Nick Breakspear ... Barry the Shopkeeper
Wayne Brown Wayne Brown ... Terrible Tim
Simon Capstick Simon Capstick ... Shadrac McGinty
Rick Carter Rick Carter ... Bobby Davro (as Richard Carter)
Damian Christian Damian Christian ... PC Christian
Abby Coppack Abby Coppack ... Sweetie Girl 2
Alicia Coppack Alicia Coppack ... Sweetie Girl 1
Paul Coppack Paul Coppack ... Rioting Hooligan


Follow Tash McDermott, the head of football intelligence at a Premier League football club, in his bid to end hooliganism on the terraces and infiltrate the local football firm.

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May the police force be with you...


Comedy | Crime | Sport







Release Date:

19 April 2012 (UK) See more »


Box Office


£100,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Tash Force is a great, funny, low budget, independent film set in Blackburn Lancashire; featuring the wonderful comic character Tash McDermott
9 May 2012 | by graham-pearceSee all my reviews

Despite the lack of budget and exclusive use of available free local talent the film is professionally filmed in HD and achieves a high level of sophistication. The film is based on the premise that grant funding for local amateur talent has been awarded to local filmmakers so they can make a serious reality documentary. Consequently, any 'amateur' elements within the film can be embraced as they add to the authenticity as 'Tash Force' as a local amateur filming project. For the subject of their 'documentary' they choose to spend a few days filming Tash McDermott, of Lancashire Police's Football Intelligence Unit.

In contrast to the sophistication of the film is the choice of subject Tash McDermott, Tash is an archaic 'old school' traditional policeman finding it difficult to get by in this the modern 'liberal' world where 'women are managers and can go to football matches' and 'breaking the noses of offending children is suddenly frowned upon'. The film makers 'mockumentary' is largely in the hands of Tash McDermott who relishes his chance to feature in the piece and demonstrate his skills. Tash is a likable, stupid, out of touch, sad, comedic treasure brilliantly portrayed by Mark Woodward - wearing a terrible grey wig throughout. Tash clearly enjoys being followed around by a film crew and tries to educate his audience into the art of football intelligence and plays up to the camera with terrible impressions, anecdotes and his view of the world. His dialogue, mannerisms and expressions are comic joy throughout the film and Mark Woodward's depiction of Tash gives no opportunities for the audience to rest from the barrage of comedy on show. The film is a real treat, and in view of the 'no budget', 'local actors,' 'independent' nature of the project made in a couple of weeks, Tash Force is an outstanding achievement.

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