This Is Spinal Tap is the much loved American rock music mockumentary about a once famous, now almost forgotten, British heavy metal band returning to tour the United States.
Taking the mockumentary genre from relative obscurity to mainstream mania, the movie satirises the wild behaviour and musical pretensions of hard rock and heavy metal bands with it’s ridiculous humour and endlessly quotable moments.
After making his directorial debut with This Is Spinal Tap, Rob Reiner went on to craft a career of cult classics including The Princess Bride and When Harry Met Sally. Co-writer and actor Christopher Guest also achieved success, directing fan-favourite mockumentaries Waiting for Guffman and Best in Show.
This Is Spinal Tap screens as part of a double feature with American: The Bill Hicks Story.