Gary Numan: Android in La-La Land.
Released last year, this documentary serves as a précis of Numan's career while following his family as they move from the UK to the US and Numan records his last album Splinter (songs from a broken mind).
It mostly comprises of fly on the wall footage and straight-to-camera monologues from Numan, his wife Gemma and their kids, his parents, and Ade Fenton, Splinter's producer and a long-time collaborator. As most of these are members of his family, the focus is on their relationships, how Gemma was a big fan - they first met when she was casing his house to try and get photos, his social anxieties and (self-diagnosed) Asperger's.
There's a lot of stuff about his music as well, largely Numan and his parents talking about his waning popularity in the 80s, and Numan and Gemma talking about his return as various acts such as nine inch nails talking about him as an influence in the early 2000s, his embracing of a more industrial sound, and his decision to make songs for himself rather than chasing whatever was popular.
While the film is billed as being about his move, there's very little about it in there - they talk about signing the papers in a backstage moment, Numan is seen packing up his studio gear, and then they're in their quite awesome LA mansion. The narrative drive is more about the recording of Splinter, with the end of the film featuring a number of reviews showing on-screen, and moments talking about the album's incredible success.
As a big Numan fan, I really enjoyed this. It's fantastic to see him opening up about his mental health issues, and there's an incredibly effecting scene where Gemma talks about their troubles starting a family, and all the while backed by insights into his creative process. There's a particular sense of connection for me, as I finally managed to see him live on the Splinter tour, and it was one of the best gigs I've ever been to.