Gary Numan: Android in La La Land is a surprisingly touching rockumentary about one of music's true geniuses

James Luxford
Gary Numan: Android in La La Land

You don’t expect subjects such as Asperger’s Syndrome, depression and parental bonds to be explored in a music documentary, but then electronic music pioneer Gary Numan has never been one to meet expectations.

The disarmingly frank star discusses his career and difficulties with the limelight, and embarks on a daunting transatlantic move with his colourful family as part of a musical comeback.

With interweaving lighter moments, such as Numan feeling intimidated by his new American home, it’s an unflinchingly personal portrait of an artist who has always seemed distant. Beneath the deep stare and synths lies a complicated man both drawn to and repelled by fame.

The film may give in to familiar themes at times, but it is the honesty of its subject that stands out. At a time when every celebrity movement is carefully planned, to see a star truly laid bare is fascinating.