Meet The Team

Passionate and energetic individuals with strong unique voices

Naeem Mahmood

Director/Producer

Naeem is one of the freshest directors emerging in the UK. He was mentored by Gary Kurtz – producer of STAR WARS and EMPIRE STRIKES BACK. In his late teens he won the Prince’s Trust Millennium Award and set up Trailblazer, a production company that works with young creatives to raise the bar of what British independent films can accomplish.

Having cut his teeth in television working on programmes including GRAHAM NORTON SHOW, POP IDOL, GMTV and CD:UK, Naeem won an International Film Festival award for his film SWIMMER which was described by Time Out magazine’s Dave Calhoun as

”A film that shows real promise and exudes confidence.”

 

Naeem’s ability to constantly come to the table with fresh ideas has seen him direct stand out promos for acts including Vivienne Westwood, Mos Def, Akala and D Double E. Naeem’s directorial feature debut BRASH YOUNG TURKS was released theatrically in the UK followed by a TV broadcast on London Live, online release on Amazon Prime. The film was awarded Best UK Movie at the 10th Movie Video & Screen Awards 2016.

Ash Mahmood

Director/Producer

Ash has made films for London Underground, St Christopher’s Hospice, Red Bull and the V & A Museum, and worked with the likes of Dame Vivienne Westwood, Cath Kidston, David Bailey, Nicole Scherzinger as well as Samuel L Jackson. He has also directed films in Nepal, Sweden and Holland. In 2013 Ash was selected for the prestigious Kyoto Filmmakers Lab in Japan as well as the Berlinale Talent Campus at the Berlin International Film Festival.

Ash began filmmaking with his brother Naeem in 1999. Following the short listing of their film THE WINDS OF SANTA ANA at the Cinemagic Unlocking Talent Awards, in the best director category, 2001 saw them set up Trailblazer, after winning a Prince’s Trust Award. 

Ash also worked as a producer at the BBC backed children’s charity YCTV (Youth Culture Television), helping create programme content starring such luminaries as Jon Voight and Alan Rickman.

Ash directed the short film HOME SWEET HOME exploring issues affecting young refugees. The film was a finalist in ITV’s Whose London? Competition. In 2003 The Mayor of London awarded Ash for his outstanding contribution to London through his film and community work. In the same year his short film A LONG WAY TO PICCADILLY was broadcast on the BBC as part of Refugee Week.

2005 saw Ash & Naeem Mahmood win an award at the Brno International Film Festival for their film SWIMMER. Their talents were recognised by STAR WARS producer Gary Kurtz who became their mentor in 2006. In 2008 Ash and Naeem produced and directed FLASHMOB that won an Apollo Award for the Best Youth Arts Project in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.

Stephen Roach

Director of Photography

Stephen graduated at Ravensbourne College with a Degree in Broadcast Video Production. He has since worked as a senior cameraman for the award winning creative communications agency MERCHANTCANTOS shooting commercials for HSBC, BBC, HENNESSEY, PWC, BBA AVIATION, TRITON and SABMILLER. He has filmed all over the world in countries such as Hong Kong, America, Brazil, India, Nigeria, Vietnam & most of Europe.

BRASH YOUNG TURKS is Stephen’s debut feature as director of photography. The films cinematography was hailed by the Evening Standard’s Toby Earle as packing an “incandescent punch.”

Paul Danquah

Writer

Paul holds a degree in film and television production having graduated from Ravensbourne college. He became a member of the children’s charity YCTV (Youth Culture Television) in his late teens where he gained experience working alongside ITV, CHANNEL 4 and the BBC.

He wrote several programmes that were broadcast on the YCTV channel which included a short film on race relations in Bradford for the BBC, and a satirical comedy short screened at the Serpentine Gallery. Paul was awarded YCTV’s Best Young Writer Award in partnership with Channel 4.

Paul joined TRAILBLAZER in 2008 and has worked on several projects including a commercial for the V & A MUSEUM, where he wrote dialogue for Dame Vivienne Westwood, a short film entitled GRAVE MISTAKE which was commissioned by the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea Community Education.

Paul co-wrote the script for the hit coming-of-age crime feature BRASH YOUNG TURKS. He is currently writing the script for Trailblazer’s upcoming movie ‘IN2RUDERS.’

Tatjana Rhodes

Editor

Tatjana Rhodes graduated from Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in 2009. She has worked on a number of feature films including ST. TRINIANS 2: THE LEGEND OF FRITTON’S GOLD, PAUL and SHERLOCK HOLMES: A GAME OF SHADOWS. She has just completed her latest feature film KNIGHTS OF THE DAMNED which will be released later this year.

Tatjana is currently collaborating with Naeem Mahmood on his exciting new film IN2RUDERS.

Melissa Latouche

Producer

Melissa Latouche is a producer and actor. She co-produced and played the leading role in the award winning feature film BRASH YOUNG TURKS.

She has worked for FREEMANTLE MEDIA and has credits in both film and TV ranging from commercials for SANTANDER, SPECSAVERS and MCDONALDS to appearing in HARRY POTTER AND THE ORDER OF THE PHOENIX and CHILDREN OF MEN.