Mr Somebody? Independent Feature Length Documentary Directed by Michelle Heighway, Featuring British Eccentric Jake Mangle-Wurzel

 Factual Documentary: Synopsis 

 This is a tale of how one man saved himself from the depths of despair by finding a passion in life.

 In Huddersfield, Yorkshire there is an outspoken legendary retired performing eccentric living a very unusual lifestyle. Michelle Heighway has filmed Jake Mangle Wurzel over five years. During this period, Jake is forced to clear his yard by the local council, and as Jake throws away his strange inventions we find out how and why he came to be living on the edge of society.

This documentary is an in-depth portrait into the mind of a British eccentric.

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Mr. Somebody?

"Mr Somebody? is a very humorous yet occasionally deeply moving home-grown tale". Bring the Noise


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Mr. Somebody?

  • Director(s): Michelle Heighway
  • Producer(s): Michelle Heighway
  • Country: United Kingdom
  • Year: 2014
  • Duration: 59 min
  • Language: English
  • Format: HDCAM 1080/25p
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Review by : Sunshine Wong


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.


Sunshine Wong