Cinema Republic: Mission to Lars (12A)
23 August 2012
Cinema Republic is DCA’s wild card slot which is by the people, for the people. Send your suggestions to Alice Black, Head of Cinema (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Alison Barbour has nominated this funny, uplifting documentary. She says “I have a family member with learning difficulties, so this film is really relevant to us and will hopefully widen understanding and open minds towards people affected by these disabilities.”
Lars Ulrich is a heavy metal god, the drummer of Metallica. Tom Spicer has a form of autism called Fragile X and lives in a care home in a sleepy Devon seaside town. Lars is touring the world, playing to 30,000 howling metal fans every night. Meanwhile Tom has had a dream for 20 years: to meet his hero, Lars. Tom's siblings, Kate and Will, feel guilty that they don't do enough for their brother so they make Tom's dream their mission. This is Mission to Lars.
Of course, things do not go to plan. The dream of a Californian road trip becomes a nightmare as Tom's disabilities, the dysfunctional family and heavy metal's labyrinthine backstage world thwart the Mission at every turn. Can the siblings pull it together and when they do, will the hairy world of metal welcome them?
The Fragile X Society exists to support families affected by the condition. Find out more at www.fragilex.org.uk.
We are delighted that Kate Spicer, one of the stars of the film, will attend the screening and take part in a Q&A afterwards. This event has been organised with the support of Cornerstone.
Every day across Scotland, Cornerstone provides care and support in your community to enable children, young people and adults with disabilities and other support needs to enjoy a valued life. With a team of experienced and motivated staff, they provide a wide range of services to over 1,200 people each year and are committed to improving the lives of the people they support.