perfectmotion in association with Machine Music and Faction Films
ANDROID IN LA LA LAND
Android In La La Land is about to hit the big screen, in a big way.
We’ve been Officially Selected for one of the world’s most prestigious and influential film festivals -
Gary Numan: Android In La La Land.
A story of love, loss, music & eye-liner.
A film by Steve Read and Rob Alexander
The Godfather of electronic pop music has moved home, lock stock and apparel to embark on a one-way trip to California, in search of a new life in the sun and new challenges in Hollywood.
With him go his wife Gemma, daughters; Raven, Persia and Echo and photographer/filmmaker Steve Read.
Numan took the sound of early electronica and fused it with strong images of his on stage alter-egos to invent something totally unique. Seemingly coming from nowhere and topping the charts with songs about the merits of being an android and the solitude of car interiors, he took the planet by storm.
Although hugely successful in his early career, life for Numan was far from easy. Gary achieved all his success with Asperger’s syndrome, at a time when the general public knew or cared little about the condition, the media world wasn’t kind, he was labeled a freak and was attacked by a vicious music press.
Depression, anxiety, near bankruptcy and a long period in the wilderness followed. However, a renewed passion for writing and performing thankfully came into Gary’s life, upon meeting his wife Gemma, herself a childhood Numan fan. Gemma inspired Gary to get back into the studio and back on the stage. He’s never looked back since and has gone on to produce some of his best work, forever pushing the boundaries of musical innovation.
Filmed with candour, warmth and humour, Android In La La Land explores life for Gary and his Numanoid family as they set up home in California and as Gary records his eagerly anticipated new album Splinter. With exclusive access to the Numan family as they unpack in California, the story unfolds at home, in the studio and on the road. What does the future hold for the Numans and how will Splinter be received by an expectant worldwide fan base?
A Faction Films Production for Al Jazeera
Al Jazeera documentary follows a young Roma man on his quest to learn and his mission to teach
Educating Igor is an upcoming Al Jazeera documentary which takes a look inside the isolated, impoverished world of Slovakia’s Roma community. Often excluded and derided as ‘gypsies’ this is the story of Igor and his sister, Irma and their efforts to use education to change the future for the children in their community. In a small, converted shipping container, Irma has set up a school house. Working with only a small group of children and with the help of Igor, she is struggling to prepare them for life outside their Roma settlement. Seeing the positive impact of Irma’s work inspires Igor to want to join her as a teacher. Another catalyst, a police raid on the settlement that left several people hurt, including Igor. He realised that without an education he would only ever be perceived as a petty thief and liar.
To achieve this goal he must first finish his own education. After dropping out at 14 to help support his family and then spending years abusing drugs, now, at the age of 26, he is returning to the classroom.
In his pursuit Igor must overcome daunting hurdles, one is language. Though he lives in Slovakia he only understands Hungarian Romani. He must also find a school that will accept him. Finally, using social media, he identifies a Buddhist school in Hungary that works primarily with Roma students. But there is the ongoing reality that as a long marginalised minority, frequently discriminated against and abused by outsiders, instilling in his own community that education can bring change, can alter their future, may be the greatest obstacle. Educating Igor is about finding the passion for creating change and the challenge of risking it all to believe in yourself.
Educating Igor premieres on Sunday 1st November at 2230GMT as part of Al Jazeera’s flagship observational documentary strand, Witness. Witness films bring global stories to life from insightful and intimate personal perspectives. Igor’s story reveals the daily obstacles faced by isolated and impoverished communities like the Roma.
Producer/Director: Sylvia Stevens
Associate Producer: Ben Cunningham
Camera: Karim Shah
has been at the cutting edge of documentary programme making since 1983. We work regularly with UK and international broadcasters in Europe, the USA, Japan and Australia. Our programmes have won awards, appeared in numerous festivals and helped change laws.
Faction’s programmes range from cultural, social and environmental explorations to investigative documentaries on issues and themes around the world including Iraq, Cuba, Ireland, Colombia, India, Ecuador, Australia and South Africa.
Faction has a strong track record of nurturing new talent and working with programme makers from other countries.
We have an energetic and experienced team of producers generating projects as well as collaborating with and supporting programme makers.