The Man Who Loved The Number 12

Trapped in a world of endless order and repitition

The Man Who Loved The Number 12 is a documentary film following a man named Hugh who has an extreme form of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD).

In Hugh’s world, everything needs to be corresponding to his version of the number 12. This entails counting to 12 all day, every day, and ritualistically placing objects in the “right way”.

To Hugh, if any of these objects are out of line he’ll face grave consequences in the form of anxiety shutdowns and stress. These attacks shut his body down and trap him in self-induced stress and anxiety hell.

As the documentary moves forward we’ll witness how Hugh’s disorder not only puts a serious strain on him, but everyone around him.

His extreme OCD leaves his family distraught, sad and helpless.

Unable to help him, the documentary crew and Hugh’s family turn to help from professionals.

Getting psychological treatment for OCD can be hard to find. However, with the aid of a leading psychiatric authority on OCD, Hugh is challenged to face the fears and anxieties that fuel his compulsive behaviour.

The Man Who Loved The Number 12
  • Info
  • Release date2005
  • Full runtime
  • Director(s)Barnaby Peel
  • Production companyStudio Lambert