Don't miss: This is Spinal Tap at QFT Belfast, tonight
THE greatest mockumentary of all time is back in the cinema tonight for a special 'old-skool' presentation on 35mm film.
Written to lampoon the excesses and idiocy of the heavy metal idiom ("there's a fine line between stupid and clever"), Rob Reiner's hilarious fly-on-the-amps portrait of "one of England's loudest bands" was so on the money that some people didn't realise it was actually a spoof.
Masterfully portrayed by Harry Shearer, Christopher Guest and Michael McKean, Spinal Tap instantly became a real rock institution.
Suddenly, every band under the sun was claiming to be the inspiration for David St Hubbins, Nigel Tuffnel and Derek Smalls, whose increasingly disastrous, selective popularity-impacted American tour for the 'none more black'-sleeved Smell The Glove LP forms the basis of Marti Di Bergi's (Reiner) film.
An endlessly quotable, re-watchable classic that "goes to 11" on the entertainment scale.
:: Tickets via Queensfilmtheatre.com.