Christopher Guest – Brilliant Film Maker

Christopher Guest was born in New York, US and best known for his mockumentary works. He is known to have poked fun at various subjects such as small town theater, heavy metal music, folk music and even dog shows. Guest was also a writer, director, actor, composer and musician. Guest was born in February 5, 1948 to a British father and American Mother. His father was Peter Haden-Guest, County of Essex’ fourth Baron of Saling.

Christopher Guest

Christopher Guest love dramatic arts, for which he received his training at the High School of Arts and Music, Bard College in New York. He was first and foremost an actor; Guest acted minor roles in various move genres such has Death Wish and The Hot Rock, done in 1972 and 1974 respectively. He also had small roles in the films Lemmings, done in 1973 and the Long Riders, filmed in 1980.

White acting, Guest likewise wrote scripts on the side and was a writer for several 70′s and early 80′s shows. It was during the filming of the Million Dollar Infield for TV in 1982 that he came know and befriended Rob Reiner, popular writer director. Guest and Reiner collaborated together with Harry Shearer and Micheal McKean to write the screenplay and music for the hit movie “This is Spinal Tap” in 1984.

The mockumentary likewise starred Christopher Guest as lead guitarist Nigel Tufnel, whose popular one-liner is very popular among musician and music lovers, “These go to eleven.” The line actually refers to the volume settings on the band’s Marshall Amplifiers.

The latter part of his career saw Christopher Guest getting busy with various works. He became a regular performer on the TV hit “Saturday Night Live” in 1975. Along with follow band members in Spinal Tap such as lead David St. Hubbins and bass player Derek Smalls, the group appeared regularly on the show This is Spinal Tap. The group released in 1992 The Spinal Tap: Break like the Wind, which was available in videos and the A Spinal Tap Reunion; Twenty-fifth anniversary London Sell-out, video also meant for TV.

Guest had a small role in A Few Good Men, a drama shown in 1992; specifically he did a short appearance in the courtroom scene. Then he returned to doing mockumentaries, again poking fun, this time at new actors in the exhilaratingly funny Waiting for Guffman in 1996. In this film, Guest took center stage as Corky St. Clair, the highly-strung dance choreographer. In 2000, he used his comedic pen again, ridiculing the world of dog show championship in the hit comedy Best in Show.

The latest mockumentary work from Christopher Guest was the funny hit that he collaborated with co-writer and actor Eugene Levy. The film was critically praised, while the movie goers simply loved it. In 2003, the two mockumentary collaborators focused their attention at the world of folk music. Their 2003 work was A Mighty Wind, the story about the regrouping of the Folksmen, a fictional folk music group that’s popular in the 1960s.