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Jake Mangel-Wurzel documentary crowd funding campaign launched by Huddersfield film maker Michelle Heighway

Michelle needs £2,000 to release the film on DVD

A fundraising campaign has been launched to share the story of Jake Mangel Wurzel.

Michelle Heighway, director of a film documentary on the Huddersfield eccentric, needs £2,000 to reach her dream of releasing it on DVD.

She has created a page on crowd funding website IndieGoGo to reach her goal, which she also hopes will allow her to get the film, called Mr Somebody?, an official British Board of Film Classification rating.

It is the latest stage of Michelle’s five-year ‘passion’ project to showcase Jake’s life and encourage people to follow their dreams and comes nine months after the film’s premiere.

The film focuses on Jake’s reclusive life in a makeshift home in Lindley Moor with his dogs Pipps, Shatt, Man Oyle, Toffee, Alice in Wurzel-Land and Laddie.

Michelle, said: “The film is my passion project and I just want to do it properly to do it justice.

“It’s not just about Jake. It’s about the broader inspiring journeys which people like Jake can take to overcome the many pains we experience in life.

“Jake’s a good example of this and I think that by watching the film audiences realise that if they have a vision they can realise it, despite any adversities.

“He got himself out of a place where he wasn’t happy, something I think should be celebrated.”

So far £546 has been donated to her DVD campaign, which will run until April 23.

Michelle said: “I’ve had quite a nice response since the campaign went live and just hope that I manage to reach my target in time.

“Those donating specific amounts to the campaign will get something back from me in return to show my thanks for their help.

“This includes the MP3 sound track to the film, posters and a limited edition version of the film.”

Other perks include the chance to skype Jake and an in-house screening at a local venue with a Q&A session with him and Michelle.

Since the film’s premiere at Sheffield International Documentary Festival it has also been shown at Leeds International Film Festival and will be shown for the first time in Huddersfield on April 24 at Lawrence Batley Theatre.

Click here to donate to Michelle’s crowd funding campaign.


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