Gary Numan: Android in La La Land

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 “A slick musical doc … its subject is winningly candid and guilelessly charming.” – Dennis Harvey, Variety

At the dawn of the 1980s, Gary Numan found himself to be one of the world’s biggest-selling recording artists – Are ‘Friends’ Electric? and Cars were huge hits, and with his chilly electro-pop sound and “android from outer space” persona, no one had heard, or seen, anyone like Gary Numan. However, the Asperger’s syndrome that helped forge Numan’s tunnel-like ambition, informing his music and image, also brought problems. At a time when the public knew little about the condition, the press labeled him a freak. Depression, anxiety, near bankruptcy and a long period in the wilderness followed. Then Numan fell in love with his biggest fan, Gemma, who helped him rediscover his passion for music. With the unwavering support of his wife and three daughters, Numan struggles to record his highly-anticipated new album, Splinter, and builds the confidence to return to the stage, despite fears that his worldwide fan base may have left him behind.  Filled with humor and candor, Gary Numan: Android in La La Land winningly reveals the flesh-and-blood man behind the cold android myth, the rock star as real person.  (Dir. by Steve Read & Rob Alexander, 2016, UK/USA, 85 mins., Not Rated)