Metallica Film 'Mission To Lars' Gets June Release

"Mission To Lars" is a film about a learning-disabled man who goes on a transatlantic quest to find his much-obsessed-over hero, Lars Ulrich.

Metallica Film 'Mission To Lars' Gets June Release
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According to Blabbermouth.net, "Mission To Lars" is an uplifting documentary feature film about Tom Spicer, a learning-disabled man who, with his siblings help, goes on a transatlantic quest to find his much-obsessed-over hero, Lars Ulrich of Metallica. Tom has Fragile X Syndrome, a sort of autism. All he's ever wanted is to meet Lars. After 20 years and 10,000 times of asking his journalist sister, Kate, when he was going to meet Lars, she finally cracked. This is a film that looks beyond disability, and uncovers the soul of a very cool guy. Kate and filmmaker brother, William, break Tom out of his care home in Exmouth, and hit the road, from Bristol, to Heathrow, to Los Angeles, to Las Vegas and beyond. "Mission To Lars" was made by William Spicer and James Moore. Both were veterans of music and brand promos, but complete movie novices. "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," says Kate. "We thought it would be fun, bonding. We wanted to do something good for our brother. We were also sick of him endlessly asking." 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. At a fingernail destroying screening last summer (the night before Metallica headlined Sonisphere festival), the Spicer family showed their film to Ulrich. The "Mission To Lars" production team squirmed with anticipation: would he like it? Yes, he liked it. "Mission To Lars" is already garnering admiration, The Financial Times' Antonia Quirke had this to say: "I loved this film. More of a classic quest film than a documentary. It's so touching and open-hearted, and has so many magical moments. It feels really epic." The film has three goals: entertainment, awareness raising and fund raising. All profits go to Mencap, and the film has charity status. In raising money for the film, the producers also raised over 25,000 for Mencap. The film's cinema release is being used as an outreach opportunity with talks and events following every screening. Many people, from color graders, sound mixers, Bob Dylan, screening rooms and the production assistant have given their talent and/or time for free. Kasabian donated stuff for them to sell to raise money, Huey from Fun Loving Criminals put them in touch with some text book tour managers to try out their blagging skills on, although the scary looking dudes backstage at Metallica's show turn out to be loving pussy cats. "Mission To Lars" has a small theatrical release through Picturehouse cinemas in the U.K. in June, but profits will continue to be paid to Mencap for as long as the film has a life, DVD, international sales, etc. Mencap have been closely involved in the making of the film. Their belief is that the film, in an entertaining and universally understood way, tells the story of the confusing family dynamics around learning disability, and portrays Tom as a complex and likeable character, and not as someone one sees first as learning disabled and everything else second. Mike Lindsay from Tunng scores, and the soundtrack includes Bob Dylan, Devendra Banhart and Blur. The film is giving all profits to charity and everyone has donated time and music for free. For more information, go to www.missiontolars.com.

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    Hetfield47
    Im going to start a mission to james today...he is a tough mother f***er to find! Pretty cool of lars to give his aprOval and make amans dream come true.
    Scotty Evil
    i had a dream i saw james hetfield at the grocery store. he was 8 feet tall and called me a fag
    Krieger91
    ^This. The article is just begging for a certain joke I'm not going to make.
    killektrika
    Hetfield47 wrote: Im going to start a mission to james today...he is a tough mother f***er to find! Pretty cool of lars to give his aprOval and make amans dream come true.
    Thank you, man. The Hate-Lars campaign was getting too monotonous. You're comment is like a breath of fresh air...right before the sh*tstorm.
    Dave Frenzy
    I actually want to see this looks pretty interesting and Im guessing it will do wonders for charities that support that condition
    Lightning_Ray
    thrashdeth wrote: Metallica has reached a point where nobody cares anymore.
    By reading your nickname, I assume you're a Megadeth fan, am I right? Why the hate? Megadeth is one of my favorite bands, that doesn't stop me one bit from genuinely enjoying Metallica. Now, about the post, if it showcases somewhere close, I'll give it a try, it seems to be an inspiring film.
    jw_4256
    thrashdeth wrote: Metallica has reached a point where nobody cares anymore.
    I'm pretty sure when you can sell out Yankee stadium there's still a few people that care
    6-String_Madman
    Battman1993 wrote: Hetfield47 wrote: Im going to start a mission to james today...he is a tough mother f***er to find! Pretty cool of lars to give his aprOval and make amans dream come true. I'd pretend to be mentally handicapped just to meet James Hetfield.
    My thoughts exactly! I remember watching the making of the Black Album. One on their fans who has cancer had a golden opportunity to jam with the band (they played The Four Horsemen, by the way). This is heavy metal with a heart, ladies and gentlemen. Can't wait to see this...
    Maiden95
    I think this is a really beautiful thing this family put together. And it once again proves that Lars isn't some ass bag like a lot of people think.
    powachord
    This sounds like itll be a really good movie... Using metallicas name to help shed light on disability is a great thing imo
    Battman1993
    Hetfield47 wrote: Im going to start a mission to james today...he is a tough mother f***er to find! Pretty cool of lars to give his aprOval and make amans dream come true.
    I'd pretend to be mentally handicapped just to meet James Hetfield.
    6-String_Madman
    rob904 wrote: gunsnroses#1 wrote: Of course, only an autistic kid would idolize Lars Came here to say that...damn
    D***heads!!
    jtallen0496
    Battman1993 wrote: Hetfield47 wrote: Im going to start a mission to james today...he is a tough mother f***er to find! Pretty cool of lars to give his aprOval and make amans dream come true. I'd pretend to be mentally handicapped just to meet James Hetfield.
    hey thats a great idea.
    killektrika
    gunsnroses#1 wrote: Of course, only an autistic kid would idolize Lars
    As opposed to the millions that idolize you. D***head!!
    georgebushguy79
    Battman1993 wrote: Hetfield47 wrote: Im going to start a mission to james today...he is a tough mother f***er to find! Pretty cool of lars to give his aprOval and make amans dream come true. I'd pretend to be mentally handicapped just to meet James Hetfield.
    Me too!
    6-String_Madman
    gunsnroses#1 wrote: Of course, only an autistic kid would idolize Lars
    And nobody would even dare to like that kid named Axl Rose...
    killektrika
    thrashdeth wrote: Metallica has reached a point where nobody cares anymore.
    Just like You!!!
    thrashdeth
    Metallica has reached a point where nobody cares anymore.
    Mulldarran
    Wisthler wrote: Great dude, can't wait to donwload it.
    Welcome to the 00's everyone.
    moparhead
    They see me trollin' They hatin' Patrolling they tryin to catch me trollin' dirty
    rob904
    gunsnroses#1 wrote: Of course, only an autistic kid would idolize Lars
    Came here to say that...damn
    frostyfrizz
    Scotty Evil wrote: i had a dream i saw james hetfield at the grocery store. he was 8 feet tall and called me a fag
    Damn that was random, but it made me laugh.