Tash Force is a great, funny, low budget, independent film set in Blackburn Lancashire; featuring the wonderful comic character Tash McDermott
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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