James Marsh from Truro, picked up an Oscar for his documentary Man on Wire.
The film, which charts the unofficial 1974 high-wire act between the New York’s Twin Towers by tightrope walker Philippe Petit, has also picked up a Grand Jury Prize at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival, as well as the Standard Life Audience Award at the Edinburgh International Film Festival, and a BAFTA for Outstanding British Film.
James’ other work as a director, and sometimes writer, includes The Animator of Prague, about Jan Svankmajer, The Burger & the King: The Life & Cuisine of Elvis Presley, Wisconsin Death Trip, The Team, and The King. He’s currrently working Nineteen Eighty (part of the Red Riding series), based on the David Peace novel staring Paddy Consindine,
Speaking to Time Out, James said: “Most people in New York have a dim recollection of Philippe, even if they weren’t there when he did his ‘stunt’. It’s part of New York folklore.
“I met Philippe for the first time in spring of 2006. He was never going to say, “Okay, make the film” – you had to pass a few tests first.
“His big question was, “Will you make some mischief with me?” I wanted to make it subversive and funny in the same way that what he did was subversive and funny.”
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