Obsessive Compulsive Hoarder

Obsessive Compulsive Hoarder


It’s unbelievable how much stuff Richard Wallace has collected over the past 30 years. His bungalow in the pretty Surrey village of Westcott is so jaw-droppingly full, he has to wriggle over barricades of mess (it takes 30 minutes to crawl from his one useable chair to the front door); he’s not had a bath or slept in his bed for years; and he cooks his meagre meals on a gas stove barely visible under stacks of paper. Even he admits, “It’s getting a bit silly now.”

Director Christian Trumble somehow squeezed through the rubbish to make what turns out to be a really heart-warming film, thanks to the saintly efforts of local gardener Andy to help Richard.


Documentary profiling Richard Wallace, whose £1million property in the Surrey village of Westcott is so filled with newspapers and other household items that it takes him 40 minutes to get from the front door to the chair he eats and sleeps in. His garden is also bursting with tons of refuse so old it has become overgrown, and his hoarding has reached a point where it not only infuriates his neighbours, but also threatens his health and physical safety.