Against the Norm


Samuel Bass


Samuel Bass grew up in East London and always had a passion for acting and drama. He got his break into professional acting when a play he was performing in called ‘Strictly Bingo’ (written by ‘’ and directed Suzann McLean) was taken to the Hackney Empire. He worked on a lot of following projects with the director and the writer and owes his development as an actor largely to their time, talent and influence. He has since earned roles in Casualty, adverts and other short films.

Deven Modha


Deven trained at, and graduated recently from, Birmingham School of Acting. Roles whilst training include: Mephistopheles in Dr. Faustus and Mowgli in The Jungle Book.

Theatre: Kanjoos – The Miser (Tara Arts, dir. Jatinder Verma); Mercury Fur (Trafalgar Studios/Greenhouse Theatre, dir. Ned Bennett); My Tram Experience (Tamasha Theatre, dir. Taj Atwal).

Film: Shoot Me (Palladio Film, dir. Niko von Glasow) – due for release in 2013.

Deven is currently in rehearsals for Dick Whittington which opens on the 5th December 2012 for five weeks and is scheduled to tour Kanjoos – The Miser in early 2013 (both with Tara Arts).

Ian John Baptiste


From a young age Ian has always shown a keen interest in the arts, in particular playing the piano and acting. He first joined Anthony Clifford Studios in Essex where he was coached and grew in confidence leading to his first main role on stage in a re-creation of Oliver Twist. He currently studies as a full time Law Undergraduate however this has not shaken his passion and has since featured as an extra in Sky 1’s current series Gates. He has also been casted in the American Butcher Brothers most recent film, The Thompsons.


Tony Goodall

“Mr Brown”

Since returned to acting in 2010 Tony has played leading roles in over thirty short films and two feature films, murder mysteries and corporate promotions. He was a full time professional actor from 1972 to 1979, when credits included National Theatre, Rep. TIE and many TV roles for Granada and Yorkshire.  He particularly enjoyed film acting, but there were very few opportunities for this before the advent of digital ‘film’.

Tony was born and bred in Leeds.  Whilst working for BBC radio Leeds in 1985, he heard of the death of a former pupil from a glue sniffing accident.  This led him to produce a series for on drugs, which in turn led into the public health field, where he developed a particular and passionate interest in tobacco and alcohol issues.  He continues to work as a consultant in alcohol harm reduction.

Aurie James


Aurie has played a few acting roles before such as;

The Riots- A film documentary about the London riots that took place in 2011. Aurie played one of the rioters.

FrimponTV- A series of comedy sketches where he played several different characters.

Apart from the acting, Aurie is a Dancer/Dance Choreographer; Aurie has participated in several UK and national competitions. Currently he is in a dance crew called ‘Nocturnal’.



Samuel Bass

It was a great character to play and an inspiring project to be a part of.

Deven Modha

Iqbal was a pleasure to work with. He has a clear vision and works with his team in order to achieve the best. During the shoot his warm, open approach encourages a creative space within which to work. I wish him every success with the next phase of Against the Norm and with his future projects.

Ian John Baptiste

Working with Iqbal was an absolute pleasure and I would love to work on further projects with him. His charismatic nature and vision meant that both the cast and crew had a clear direction of the shots we were after, whilst maintaining a relaxed yet productive atmosphere, which was much needed given the limited time we had to shoot. The script itself was extremely well written and put together and I am very grateful to have been able to work with such a professional director.

Tony Goodall

It was difficult to believe that this was Iqbal’s first film as a director.  His warm personality and attention to detail enabled him to get the best out of the excellent cast and crew that he had assembled for the film.  Everyone seemed to be enjoying the experience, and I was very pleased to have travelled down from Yorkshire to work on his admirable script