Gary Numan Explored in New Documentary
Published Feb 02, 2016The life and career of iconic synth pop pioneer Gary Numan is set to be explored in a new documentary. Covering "Cars," Numan's Asperger's diagnosis and his life outside the music business, Gary Numan: Android in La La Land is set to premiere this March as part of the newly announced film program at Austin's SXSW festival.
The documentary has yet to receive its screening date, but a listing on the SXSW site notes that filmmakers Steve Read and Rob Alexander's look at the life of Numan will have it world premiere at the festival.
A synopsis explains that Android in La La Land will look at the success of Numan, noting that "no one had heard, or seen, anyone like Gary Numan."
The film will analyze how he had become a major recording artist in the late '70s, going from Tubeway Army to a synth-powered solo career that yielded hits like "Are Friends Electric?" and The Pleasure Principle smash "Cars."
The film also dives into Numan's life with Asperger's syndrome, which is said to have helped with the artist's "tunnel-like ambition" but caused other problems. It's added that the press "labelled him a freak" at the time, while Numan spiralled into "depression, anxiety, near bankruptcy and a long period in the wilderness."
The principal participants in the documentary are Numan and his wife Gemma Webb, who is described as a fan and lover "who helped him rediscover his passion for music."
Work on the film began a few years back, with a teaser trailer having been uploaded back in 2013. You'll find it down below, and you can learn more about the film at its official website.
You can learn more about film component of SXSW, which runs from March 11 to 19, over here.