perfectmotion ltd and Faction Films & Machine Music’s GARY NUMAN: ANDROID IN LA LA LAND Celebrates its European Premiere at EIFF
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 cinemas visit the Offical Website, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
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)
About perfectmotion ltd
perfectmotion is a multi-media production company with offices in Wales, England and Italy.
Specialising in documentaries, drama, radio features and transmedia productions, the company is run by award-winning producer Rob Alexander.
Their most recent film, in co-production with Succulent Pictures & Dandy Films, was the 2014 Grierson nominated ‘The Man Whose Mind Exploded’ by first time director Toby Amies. Also previously working with Steve Read on his debut feature ‘Glory Road / Knockout Scousers’ in 2012 for Channel Four True Stories.
PERFECTMOTION LTD present in association with FACTION FILMS & MACHINE MUSIC
a film by STEVE READ and ROB ALEXANDER
GARY NUMAN: ANDROID IN LA LA LAND
Cinematography STEVE READ
Editor OLLIE HUDDLESTON
Music by GARY NUMAN
Executive producers SYLVIA STEVENS, CAROLINE SPRY, MIKE CONNOLLY, NADINE LUQUE, BRAD SHENFELD, IAN DAVIES, REBECCA LONG
Producer ROB ALEXANDER
Directors STEVE READ & ROB ALEXANDER
© 2016 perfectmotion ltd
Steve Read: director
Steve originally made a name for himself in the 90's, as the founding art director of the hugely influential men's magazine Loaded. Since then he has won numerous awards and accolades as designer, art director, photographer and most recently as documentary film director, for his debut doc for Channel Four 'Knockout Scousers.'
Steve has travelled the world and worked with many of its most engaging habitants; sharing the stage with rock star Michael Stipe, the road with Hells Angel chief Sonny Barger, a cigar with movie mogul Harvey Weinstein and an Olympic Dream with GB boxer Tom Stalker.
And now a life change with the Numans…
DOCUMENTARY FILM DIRECTOR: 2010 - PRESENT
Filmed & directed 'Knockout Scousers' for Channel Four's True Stories strand. Filmed over two years and in five countries, Knockout Scousers follows the lives of three talented young boxers from Liverpool, as they strive to make the GB Boxing team and qualify for the 2012 Olympics. The film enjoyed a great deal of critical acclaim and has paved the way for a promising future in film making. He is currently in development on his second documentary, Gary Numan: Android In La La Land. Shot in the UK and USA, the film explores the life of The Godfather of Electronic Music, Gary Numan, as he moves to LA and returns to the studio for the first time in nearly a decade.
COMMERCIAL PHOTOGRAPHER: 2007 - PRESENT (STEVE READ PHOTO LTD)
Commercial photographer responsible for art directing and photographing campaigns for leading fashion and sportswear brands, such as Tommy Hilfiger, Canterbury Of New Zealand, Musto, Lyle & Scott and Pringle. In doing so, Steve has earned the respect and trust of A-list brand ambassadors Zara Phillips, Rio Ferdinand, Bryan Habana and Ian Poulter, all of whom have appeared in Steve's campaigns.
EDITORIAL PHOTOGRAPHER: 2007 - PRESENT (STEVE READ PHOTO LTD)
Steve's award winning editorial work has appeared across the globe in newspapers and magazines, most notably Q Magazine, The Official Ferrari Magazine, The Observer and The Mail On Sunday, with subjects as diverse as Eminem, David Miliband, Ozzie Osborne, Mickey Rourke and JK Rowling.
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: GOLF PUNK MAGAZINE - 2004 - 2007 (KYN PUBLISHING)
Founding creative director on this multi award winning, mould breaking golf lifestyle title. Responsible for the design and art direction of the magazine, as well as for much of it's ground breaking golf portraiture. The magazine received a number of awards including 'Designer Of The Year' for Steve's uncompromising graphic style and lavish page layouts.
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: JACK MAGAZINE - 2002 - 2004 (DENNIS PUBLISHING)
Responsible for the redesign and new direction of this award winning men's lifestyle magazine. Steve would art direct cover photo shoots, oversee all page layout and photo commissioning and be a guiding light in both the editorial and advertising departments of the magazine.
STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER: TALK MAGAZINE - 1999 - 2002 (HIRST PUBLICATIONS NYC)
Headhunted by former Vanity Fair and NewYorker editor Tina Brown to join the launch team of New York based Talk Magazine. The magazine was a joint partnership between Hirst Publications and Miramax Films and was headed up by the infamous Weinstein brothers Harvey and Bob. Based in L.A. Steve became the West Coast contributor and would share the masthead with David Bailey and Patrick Demarchelier.
Talk editor Tina Brown commissioned Steve to shoot an exhaustive list of sports, music and movie stars, from Ricky Martin to Pavarotti, Lennox Lewis to Mika Hakkinen.
ART DIRECTOR: LOADED MAGAZINE - 1995 - 1997 (IPC MEDIA)
Loaded redefined men's magazines in the UK and was both hugely influential and outrageously successful, selling just short of one million issues a month at its peak. The magazine won every publishing award out there, including Best Magazine Design. Steve would be heralded as somewhat of a pioneer in the industry
Rob Alexander: producer / director
Rob has been producing drama & documentary projects for international markets for over two decades, working with BBC, RAI Italy, SVT Sweden, Channel Four UK and film funds including FVG Italy, MEDIA EU, The Arts Council, The Wellcome Trust and Screen South UK.
He has made his way across the Rio Grande with modern troubadour Tom Russell and cowboy poet Paul Zarzyski, shared burgers with Presley's Guitarist Scotty Moore, traced the story of Redneck Music across the US with Mark Lamarr and filmed in Burma, Arabia, Africa and China.
His projects have included Biographies on Hip-hop Pioneers Public Enemy, Britain's first Muslim Convert William Quilliam and the Beat Poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti, which won the World Award at the New York Media Festival.
Android in La La Land is the second collaboration with Director Steve Read, previously partnering as producer/director team for Steve's debut film, the critically acclaimed 'Knockout Scousers' also produced by perfectmotion.
Rob´s most recent project, ´THE MAN WHOSE MIND EXPLODED´explored the extraordinary world of Drako Oho Zarhazar, muse to Dali and dealer to the Stones. The film follows first time director Toby Amies as he battles to understand Drako's life story, a task made near impossible due to Drako's lack of short term memory. The film receives its World premiere at Sheffield Doc Fest 2013. 'The Surprise hit of the Festival', Indiwire & BFI Pick of the Fest, Audience Pick of the Fest, EEFF 2013, Best Doc Shortlist. The film had its theatrical release in the UK via picturehouse during 2014, it was Grierson nominated and premieres on FilmFour & Netflix in 2015/16.
KNOCKOUT SCOUSERS/PRODUCER CHANNEL FOUR 2012
Three Boxers, 1000 Days, One Olympic Dream. A 75 Minute Documentary for C4's True Stories exploring what it takes to make it as a 2012 Olympian. Official selection Sheffield Doc Fest June 2012 and featuring at the Olympic Games closing ceremony in the North of England in September 2012. Time Out ****
WHEN THE LEVEE BREAKS/PRODUCER BBC RADIO FOUR 2012
Mark Lamarr heads to America's deep south to explore the story of blues legend Memphis Minnie and the modern relevance of her most enduring song and the 1927 Mississippi flood, 'When the Levee breaks'
´THE BOW PROJECT´-
Filmed on location in Africa, USA & Europe. The story of the evolution of the Violin by Daniel Hope. An international co-production with Raja Film Italy. Developed through EAVE 2009 & Pixel Lab 2010 with funding from Welsh Broadcasting Trust, Universal Music/Deutsche Grammophon. MEDIA & the Fruili Film Fund.
´THE PRIEST, THE BADGER & THE LITTLE GREEN MEN´- PRODUCER BBC RADIO FOUR 2011
The unusual story of Rev Lionel Fanthorpe, the most prolific sci-fi writer on the planet
WILLIAM QUILLIAM: BRITAIN'S FIRST ISLAMIST/PRODUCER BBC WORLD SERVICE 2010
Cambridge Professor Tim Winter explores the life of Abdullah Quilliam; Britain's first Muslim convert and the man responsible for bringing the Islam to the UK.
´BLACK CNN´- PRODUCER BBC RADIO FOUR 2010
Recorded on location in the USA, celebrating the story of political Hip Hop for the anniversary of the 21st Anniversary of Public Enemy's 'Fight the Power'.
´A RELUCTANT BEAT´- PRODUCER BBC RADIO FOUR 2009
Recorded on location in the USA, a 90th birthday celebration of the life and work of City Lights Bookstore Owner, Beat Poet and Publisher Lawrence Ferlinghetti. 2009 World Medal Award winner - International Media festival NYC
´MARK LAMARR'S REDNECK MUSIC´-PRODUCER BBC RADIO TWO 2008
Recorded on location in the USA , four hour long programmes following a journey through the music of the poor white South. Featuring on location concert recordings.
´THE LAST DAYS OF TOWER´- PRODUCER BBC WALES 2008
The final emotional year in the life of Tower Colliery, the last deep mine in Wales and the only one in the world owned by its miners.
´THE COWBOYS'S LAST RIDE´- PRODUCER BBC RADIO TWO 2008
Recorded on Location in the USA, Tom Russell presents the myth and music of the Cowboy.
´IN SEARCH OF THE PERFECT POP SONG´- PRODUCER BBC RADIO TWO 2007
Guy Chambers talks to fellow songwriters, producers & artists about the craft of pop song writing.
KING & I: THE COL TOM PARKER STORY/PRODUCER BBC RADIO TWO 2006
Rob Brydon presents the story of one of Rock & Roll's most enigmatic & controversial figures - Elvis Presley's manager Col Parker.
Ollie Huddleston: editor
Ollie is an award-winning film editor with over 20 years of experience working in TV and cinema documentaries and dramas. His unique observational style has led to collaborations with some of documentary's leading lights including Kim Longinotto, Sean McAllister, Angus Macqueen, Leo Regan and Adam Curtis.
The films have won prizes all over the world including at Cannes and Sundance film festivals.
He has twice been nominated for a BAFTA and won two Royal Television Society editing awards his most recent work, DREAMCATCHER was a winner at the 2015 Sundance festival and was long listed for the 2016 Academy Awards:
The Last Peasants
Best documentary film editing, Royal Television Society
Protecting Our Children
Best documentary film editing, Royal Television Society
Nominated Best factual editing, BAFTA, Best documentary series, BAFTA
The Seven Sins of England
Nominated Best factual editing, BAFTA
Sisters in Law
Prix d’Art et Essai, Cannes film festival, Shortlisted for Best Documentary, Oscar
Audience award, Amsterdam film festival, Best documentary, Grierson Award
World Cinema Documentary Prize, Sundance film festival
The Liberace of Baghdad
Jury prize, Sundance film festival