CRANK it up to eleven people because Dungannon Film Club will be screening Rob Reiner’s cult 1984 classic This is Spinal Tap on Friday 24 January at Hagan’s Bar in Dungannon.
Considered to be one of the funniest films of all time, with its wonderful satire on the wild excessive behaviour of hard rock bands and over-the-top nature of many rock-documentaries.
Reiner himself appears as Marty Di Bergi, the maker of the documentary, who plans to document the world’s loudest band, aging British heavy metal group Spinal Tap while on tour. The three main members of the band are David St. Hubbins, Derek Smalls and Nigel Tufnel—played by the American actors Michael McKean,Harry Shearer and the British actor Christopher Guest, respectively.
Reiner and the three main actors are credited as the writers of the movie, based on the fact that much of their dialogue was ad-libbed. Several dozen hours of footage were filmed before Reiner edited it to the released movie. It’s rumoured that a 4½ hour long bootleg version of the movie exists and have been traded among fans and collectors for years.
Reviewer David N. Butterworth gave the film unprecedented 11 out of 10 stating: “The sheer inspired lunacy but it’s the writers’ unexpected fondness for their subject matter that puts the film in a class all its own.” In 2002, This Is Spinal Tap was deemed “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant” by the Library of Congress and was selected for preservation by the United States National Film Registry.
The event kicks off at 7.30pm at Hagan’s Bar with tickets for the event £7 there will be a free drink provided for those who dress up accordingly and there will also be an acoustic session afterwards involving a range of movie themed songs.