Gary Numan: Android in La La Land (2016)

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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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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…

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…

A sweetly compelling music documentary.

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

It's stylish, cleanly structured and pacey, but in the end it feels more like a fan doc than an objective appraisal.

Sep 9, 2016 | Full Review…

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