Skip to main content

Cleaners From Venus doc The Jangling Man announces NYC & LA screenings

Watch the trailer here

Today, Captured Tracks, Sharp Film and Larson Media are pleased to announce the first two US screenings for the new documentary, The Jangling Man, the untold story of Cleaners From Venus’ Martin Newell. The US premiere is Oct. 8 at 4:30pm in LA at Brain Dead Studios [this event is already SOLD OUT], followed by a NYC screening Oct. 14 at 6pm at Film Noir [get tickets here]. Both screenings will be followed with a Q&A with producers from the film, full details TBA.

Martin Newell on The Jangling Man:

“A film? About me? I’ve often wondered why that camera crew kept popping up everywhere. How marvelous! Can’t wait to see it.”

The Jangling Man is the story of UK-based artist, poet, and Cleaners from Venus frontman Martin Newell. Regarded by many as an influential figure in the history of cassette culture and DIY recording, Newell has been an integral part of the British music scene since the 1970s, and his music career spans over six decades. He’s been produced by XTC’s Andy Partridge, and written for the likes of Captain Sensible of The Damned. In 2012 Captured Tracks began an extensive reissue campaign, covering most of the Cleaners From Venus and Martin Newell catalog. Though it would be wrong to call him an “unknown,” he has never been directly in the limelight. This film brings to light the amazing career and life work of the artist, who, on top of being the most published contemporary British poet as well as an established gardener, continues to record and release music today.

Full List of musicians & notable figures interviewed:

Tim Burgess (Musician: Charlatans)
Michael Cumming (Film Director)
Steve Lamacq (Radio DJ)
John Cooper Clarke (Poet)
R. Stevie Moore (Musician)
Dave Gregory (Musician: XTC)
Ian Peppercorn (Musician: GYPP)
Lee Cave-Berry (Musician)
Tony Phillips (Engineer/Musician: Stray Trolleys/GYPP)
Nelson aka Pete Nice (Musician: Cleaners/Brotherhood of Lizards/All of Martin’s ventures)
Tivv aka Paul Tivy (Musician: Martin’s band)
Ichiro Tatsuhara (Musician: Cleaners)
Luke Wright (Poet)
James Hunter (Musician)
Kimberley Rew (Musician: Soft Boys/Katrina and the Waves)
Lorraine Bowen (Comedian/Musician: Billy Bragg/Dinnerladies)
James Dodds (Artist)
Iain McNay (Cherry Red Records)
Mike Sniper (Captured Tracks)
Jackson Macintosh (Musician)
Jack Tatum (Musician: Wild Nothing)
Zachery Cole-Smith (Musician: DIIV)
Mac DeMarco (Musician)
Nic Hessler/Jess Espeleta (Musicians)
Tom Wells (Musician)
MAX Kinghorn-Mills (Musician)

Please direct all press inquiries, ticket requests & screener requests to