Mr. Somebody?
  • Year2014
  • Duration59 min

Nestled amongst his hoard of papers, photos, and random objects, the “oddest man in Britain” Jake Mangle-Wurzel describes with great lucidity his obsession with never throwing anything away. “A lot of it is humour but a lot of it is philosophical,” he muses. After his wife and daughter left him some forty years ago, he vowed to spend the rest of his days as a professional lunatic. His small Huddersfield cottage became a den for an unfettered, inventive whimsy, featuring an outdoor tub and a “tab end” sculpture made with an especially unusual adhesive (and it’s not what you think). Oscillating wildly from mad to insightful, Mangle-Wurzel carves a inspirational yet lonely figure of boundless imagination. Yorkshire filmmaker Michelle Heighway chronicles the committed eccentric’s highs and lows over a period of five years that includes a council-ordered clean up and a devastating fire. As the film bears witness, their mutual fondness develops into trust and a genuine friendship that extends well beyond the frame.

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  • Director(s): Michelle Heighway
  • Producer(s): Michelle Heighway
  • Country: United Kingdom
  • Language: English
  • Format: Video HDCAM 1080/25p
  • Premiere status: World Premiere
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Director Filmography
In-ter-ven-tion (short Film)
Executive Producer(s):
Lara Agnew
John Dinwoodie
Matthew Littlewood
Sound Editor & Dubbing Mixer(s):
Peter Warnock
Digital Compositor and Colourist(s):
Roni Rodrigues
Michelle Heighway
Digital Effects(s):
Jonas Almeida
Lara Agnew
Additional Editor(s):
Michelle Heighway, Andrew McKee
Post Production Assistant(s):
Jonas Almeida
Sales Contact
Michelle Heighway
Job Title
+44 07960439032