Premiere of Mission to Lars

Premiere of Mission to Lars

Cornerstone hosted the Scottish premiere of Mission to Lars when it came to Aberdeen last month.

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, and all he’s ever wanted is to meet Lars.  After 20 years and 10,000 times of asking his journalist sister, Kate Spicer, when he was going to meet Lars, she finally cracked.  Together with their younger brother Will, a film maker, the three of them set off across America in the hope of meeting the famous drummer.

The Aberdeen premiere was held at The Belmont Cinema on Wednesday 11 June, and was well received by members of the public, as well as guests of Cornerstone.  Kate Spicer also attended and took part in a question and answer session at the end of the film.

Kate, who lives in London, said: “Tom has fixated on Metallica for 20 years and he had asked us to take him to see them.

“Both Will and I hadn’t related enough to Tom over the years as we were too busy pursuing our own lives.  We knew we wanted to take him to meet his hero, but we didn’t have the money to do it, so instead we decided to make a fly-on-the-wall documentary about our trip.”

Cornerstone Chief Executive Edel Harris, who has a son with Fragile X Syndrome, said:   “We were very pleased to be able to host the premiere of this wonderful film.  It depicts the everyday struggles people with Fragile X, and their families, face but in a way that is funny and touching too.”