Sabden man is star of comedy film ‘Tash Force’

Tash McDermott in Burnley promoting his film Tash Force.'Photo Ben Parsons
Tash McDermott in Burnley promoting his film Tash Force.'Photo Ben Parsons
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THE premiere of a comedy film starring a Sabden man and featuring local extras attracted around 500 people to King George’s Hall, Blackburn.

“Tash Force” is now available on DVD after its hugely successful premiere night when the star of the film, Tash McDermott – played by college tutor Mark Woodward of Whalley Road, Sabden – went on stage after the film was shown and gave a stand- up comedy routine and thanked everyone for their support.

The exclusive screening was held to raise money for the Glove Project and a boy named McCauley Riley, who is suffering from a terminal brain condition.

The film features a lot of local extras and producer Stephen Rigg, of Nelson, said: “I felt very proud of both the film and the team behind it as I sat in the audience and realised that several hundred people had made the effort to come and see it.

“On top of that, there was so much laughter in the theatre that a few funny lines from Tash were lost within the sound of laughter.

“Good thing that the DVD release will allow people to catch what they missed.”

“Tash Force”, which was filmed in Blackburn, Burnley, Nelson, Fence and Sabden, is an hilarious madcap comedy about Tash McDermott, the supposed head of Lancashire Constabulary’s football intelligence unit, as he tries to track down a football hooligan ringleader and put a stop to any “shenanigans” on the terraces.

He gives a journalist unrestricted access to cover his operation, but Tash is stuck in the glory days of the past, when football was a man’s game and women knew their place. This has disastrous results for him, but it is hilarious for the audience.

Mark, who is also lead guitarist with local band The Kicks, said he has been delighted with the response to the film.

He and his co-writers and producers are now looking towards doing a sequel and working on a pilot to send to TV companies.