"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, Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich. "Mission To Lars" will be released as film on DVD, Blu-ray and digitally on April 8 in the U.K. and Ireland, France, German-speaking Europe and Scandinavia.
The film plot centers around a man named Tom, who 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," said 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 in 2011 (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?
Speaking about the film, Ulrich told NME (via Blabbermouth), "I thought it was deeply moving. I haven't seen the whole thing, but I saw a rough cut last summer. Meeting Tom, meeting Kate, when they came out to film it was an experience in itself. But seeing the film [in 2011] and reconnecting with the whole team was another experience."
He continued: "It's not something we're directly involved in, it's their film, their journey, but we're supportive of their endeavour. We don't want to take it over and have it turn into some kind of vanity project. It's a great testament into a world I didn't know much about, and a great testament to the importance of music and what it means to different people."
To find out more about the upcoming "Mission To Lars" documentary, go to official website.