Mission To Lars Documentary Gets Cinema Release In June
Mission To Lars is a real-life documentary about Tom Spicer, a Metallica fan who suffers from Fragile X Syndrome – a form of autism. The movie, which hits cinemas this summer, tells the tale of Tom’s quest to meet his hero: Metalli-drummer Lars Ulrich.
The film shows journalist sister, Kate, and filmmaker brother, William, breaking Tom out of his care-home in Exmouth and travelling with him to Los Angeles, Las Vegas and beyond.
Says Kate: “We had this fantasy of hitting the road with Tom and recreating some of the magic of our teenage years cruising around in £100 cars, eating Burger King and listening to heavy metal on the tape deck.
“We thought it would be fun, bonding. We wanted to do something good for our brother. We were also sick of him endlessly asking [if he could meet Lars].”
However, it doesn’t take long before the hoped-for dream becomes a nightmare as Tom’s disabilities, the dysfunctional family, and Metallica’s labyrinthine backstage world thwart the mission at every turn…
Mission To Lars has a small theatrical release through Picturehouse cinemas in the UK in June. All profits will be paid to Mencap.
Watch a trailer below.