Man on Wire is a 2008 British-American biographical documentary film directed by James Marsh . The film chronicles Philippe Petit’s 1974 high-wire walk between the Twin Towers of New York’s World Trade Center . It is based is Petit’s book, To Reach the Clouds , released in paperback with the title Man on Wire . The title of the film is taken from the police, which was last done for almost one hour. The film is crafted like a film , presenting rare footage of the preparations for the event and still photographs of the walk, alongside re-enactments (withPaul McGill as the young) and present-day interviews with the participants, including Barry Greenhouse, an insurance executive who served as the inside man. 
Man on Wire in the World Cinema Documentary Competition  at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival , where it won the Grand Jury Prize : World Cinema Documentary and the World Cinema Audience Award: Documentary.  In February 2009, the film won the BAFTA for Outstanding British Film, the Independent Spirit Awards , and the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature .