REVIEWER: lyall carter
Journalist David Farrier (Tickled) is drawn into a game of cat and mouse with a mysterious individual. Delving deeper he unearths a trail of court cases, royal bloodlines and ruined lives, in this true story of psychological warfare.
Journalist and filmmaker David Farrier (Tickled, Dark Tourist) unwittingly stumbles into a game of cat and mouse with a mystery man creating havoc in his neighborhood, wheel clamping cars at a local antique store.
That clamper was Michael Organ, and little did Farrier know that delving deeper into who Organ really is, would be a thrilling and tension filled three year long investigation, unearthing a trail of multiple court cases, inflated claims of royal bloodlines, ruined lives, and at least one stolen boat.
When I left the screening of Mister Organ, I was utterly speechless. What had I just seen? I couldn’t quite put my finger on it, I hadn't seen a movie like it before. What begins as a seemingly straightforward case of a clamper overstepping the generally socially accepted line, descends into something else entirely.
As Organ seeks to thwart Farrier’s pursuit of him over the wheel clamping, Farrier discovers a trail of the bizarre, bewildered, and the broken left in Organ’s wake. At times it really is quite funny, the absurdity of Organ’s claim of being royalty or the audacity of some of his schemes. But what begins as bemusement at the weirdness of it all slowly descends into horror as we witness the trauma that Organ has left in his wake.
It really is heartbreaking, the many lives impacted by Michael Organ. And as we hear the stories of those who have encountered him, this is matched by the overwhelming toll that Organ, his story, and who he is begins to have on Farrier’s life. It truly is confronting, the tremendous cost that Farrier must pay for the story that he is telling.
Mister Organ speaks very much to this age of contradiction, lies, fake news, and conspiracy theories as it is summed up in the person of Michael Organ. He weaves an incredible web of intrigue that is fueled by his narcissistic desire to be the very center of attention, peppered with violent threats, twisted truth, and monotonous, lengthy monologues. Unwittingly Farrier falls for the trap, giving Organ all the attention he desires. But Farrier realizes far too late.
Hilarious, heartbreaking, and utterly terrifying, Mister Organ is documentary filmmaking at its very best. One of the hands down best films of 2022.