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perfectmotion ltd in association with Faction Films & Machine Music are very excited, honoured and indeed thrilled to announce that their feature documentary on the godfather of electronic pop music.

‘Gary Numan: Android In La La Land’, will celebrate its European Premiere at the Edinburgh International Film Festival on 19th June and will also close the East End Film Festival on 3rd July.

A film by STEVE READ and ROB ALEXANDER, Gary Numan: Android In La La Land is part music doc, part road trip and part love story. A film two years in the making, it follows Gary along with his Gemma and their three young daughters; Raven, Persia and Echo – On tour, in the studio, on vacation and as he packs up home in leafy England and moves to Los Angeles…

In the late 70s and early 80s, Numan found fame as one of the world’s biggest-selling recording artists with huge hits like Are ‘Friends’ Electric? and Cars. Nobody had heard or seen anything like him. According to the press, he was a “freak” – one paper even suggested his mother should have been prevented from giving birth to him.

After more than 30 years in the business, hits, film soundtracks and a band of devoted fans (Numanoids), his influence is still felt today – cited by, to name just a few, Dave Grohl (Nirvana and Foo Fighters), Trent Reznor (Nine Inch Nails), Tricky and Marilyn Manson to Kanye West and Lady Gaga.

The real Gary Numan story, however, embraces the Asperger’s Syndrome that has informed his music and image and channelled his ambition but also brought major problems. Other issues have included depression, anxiety, near bankruptcy and a long period in the wilderness. Amidst all this, he fell in love with and married his biggest fan, Gemma, or as Gary himself puts it “everything changed the moment she came along.”

He talks about everything that’s happened in his life and where he is now with total honesty,’ explains co-director Steve Read. ‘We’ve had the most extraordinary access to one of the most extraordinary artists in the world today. It is as up close and personal as it gets.”

Producer/Director Rob Alexander said:

“Edinburgh has a great International Film Festival and we’re thrilled to have the film’s European Premiere there, and closing the East End Film Festival in London is something we are all really looking forward to.”

Android is a highly engaging, hugely revealing and at times hilarious, look at the life of one the world’s most intriguing music icons as he attempts to break America and record his first album in nearly a decade. This is it. The inside story. Lock, stock and eyeliner.

“Polished & slickly packaged…Numan is winningly candid and guilelessly charming” – Variety

“Startlingly honest and sincere” – Austin 360

GARY NUMAN ANDROID IN LA LA LAND has its UK Premiere at EIFF on 19 June, is Closing the EEFF on 3 July and will be released in UK & Irish cinemas from 26th August. For details on cinemas and screenings visit the official website, Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

EIFF Screenings:
Friday 17 June 09:00 Odeon 2 (Press & Industry Screening)
Sunday 19 June 20:50 Odeon 2 (Public Screening)
Tuesday 21 June 20:50 Cineworld 11 (Public Screening)
Thursday 23 June 11:10 Odeon 2 (Press & Industry Screening)

EEFF – Closing Night Gala:
Sunday 3 July 19:00 (Genesis Cinema, London)

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