Tuesday, 12 January 2010


Amongst other things, I had a fantastic DVD for Christmas entitled "Man on Wire". For those of you who haven't seen or heard of this, it is a documentary based on the exploits of a Frenchman named Philippe Petit, a high wire walker who found fame in the seventies walking between very high landmarks - including the two uprights of Notre Dame in Paris, Sydney Harbour Bridge and, most spectacularly and famously, the Twin Towers in New York.

The film documents the several years of planning by Petit and his team, which actually began in the sixties, before work had even started on the towers. The man is the most engrossing individual I have ever witnessed - every word he speaks keeps you hooked as he reminisce abut the lengths they went through just to get the equipment up (they worked through the night and he finally stepped out onto a wire less than an inch thick, over a quarter of a mile above the ground shortly after 7am).

With the ghosts associated with these buildings (now nearly ten years since they were destroyed), the images on show are extremely emotive and highly evocative.

My suggestion is that you buy this - it truly is spectacular!

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