Gary Numan: Android in La La Land

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At the end of the 1970s, Gary Numan found himself to be one of the world's biggest-selling recording artists, "Are 'Friends' Electric?" and "Cars" were huge hits, no one had heard, or seen, anyone like Gary Numan. 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, one paper suggested his parents should have been doctored for giving birth to him. 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.

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Critic Reviews for Gary Numan: Android in La La Land

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  • A sweetly compelling music documentary.

    Oct 10, 2016 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Kevin Maher

    Times (UK)
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  • Though it does feel a bit like a promo video at times, there is always a kind of tortured honesty in Numan ...

    Aug 25, 2016 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • The focus on the album's production allows for poignancy that comes from observing how therapeutic its creation becomes for Numan. The film's emotional centre, though, is the dynamic between Gary and his wife, Gemma.

    Aug 24, 2016 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Directors Steve Read and Rob Alexander center their documentary on the production of Numan's 2013 album Splinter; this approach allows for a fine introduction to Numan's music, but the other subjects are addressed too briefly to cohere as a narrative.

    Apr 14, 2016 | Full Review…
  • Gary Numan: Android In La La Land is ... as much a love story as it is a traditional music documentary, and while ... structured around the rise-and-fall-and-rise trajectory of Numan's career, it is the personal journey ... that propels the film.

    Aug 25, 2018 | Full Review…
  • Numan emerges as an unlikely star from his guide to a rock life, and more likeable for it.

    Jan 1, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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