Dallas VideoFest 27: This is Spinal Tap
To go along with Harry Shearer receiving the Kovacs Award, Dallas VideoFest will present the classic This is Spinal Tap.
Largely improvised by director Rob Reiner and his cast, This Is Spinal Tap looks and sounds like a "real" documentary, with Michael McKean, Harry Shearer and Christopher Guest as David St. Hubbins, Derek Smalls and Nigel Tufnel, the key members of a going-nowhere British heavy metal band called Spinal Tap.
This Is Spinal Tap finds them in the midst of their first American tour in years as they support their new LP Smell the Glove, with filmmaker Marty DiBergi (Reiner), who specializes in TV commercials, on hand to document the occasion. Just about anything that can go wrong does: shows get canceled, stage props go wrong, wireless guitar pickups start broadcasting air-traffic reports, no one shows up for in-store appearances, David's girlfriend tries to take over the band, they wind up billed second to a puppet show at an amusement park and the group teeters on the verge of breakup.