Spinal Tap is the loudest band in England and they’re making a comeback with a North American tour promoting their new album Smell the Glove. Marty DiBergi (Rob Reiner) sets out to make a documentary of the legendary rock band’s exploits on the road, featuring front men Nigel Tufnel (Christopher Guest) and David St. Hubbins (Michael McKean) and bassist Derek Smalls (Harry Shearer), bearing witness to the highs and lows of what makes a musician into a rock star.
Screening as part of the Home Of Metal project and a favourite of San Francisco based artist Ben Venom, whose new exhibition All This Mayhem features at MAC this summer, cult mockumentary This Is Spinal Tap is still as sharp and funny as it was when it was released 35 years.
The screening will be a preceded by a rare showing of the 1986 short film Heavy Metal Parking Lot, the brainchild of directors John Heyn and Jeff Krulik, who filmed Judas Priest fans in a concert arena parking lot in suburban Maryland. It’s a definitive cultural touchstone for the 1980s metal scene: spandex, big hair, denim, mullets, muscle cars, and beer.
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