Win A Piece of history August 1, 2008 Win signed merchandise from the Man On Wire tightrope walker! On August 7th, 1974, French tightrope walker, Philippe Petit, made history with his astonishing high wire walk between the twin towers. Now, British director James Marsh is bringing this mind-blowing act to the big screen in his latest documentary ‘Man on Wire’. To celebrate the film’s release (in cinemas from August 1st) we have exclusive merchandise for the film to give away. THIS COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED One lucky winner will also get a one-off poster signed by legendary tightrope walker, Philippe Pettit, himself! SYNOPSIS: On August 7th 1974, a young Frenchman named Philippe Petit stepped out on a wire illegally rigged between New York’s twin towers, then the world’s tallest buildings. After nearly an hour dancing on the wire, he was arrested, taken for psychological evaluation, and brought to jail before he was finally released. Following six and a half years of dreaming of the towers, Petit spent eight months in New York City planning the execution of the coup. Aided by a team of friends and accomplices, Petit was faced with numerous extraordinary challenges: he had to find a way to bypass the WTC’s security; smuggle the heavy steel cable and rigging equipment into the towers; pass the wire between the two rooftops; anchor the wire and tension it to withstand the winds and the swaying of the buildings. The rigging was done by night in complete secrecy. At 7:15 AM, Philippe took his first step on the high wire 1,350 feet above the sidewalks of Manhattan… James Marsh’s documentary brings Petit’s extraordinary adventure to life through the testimony of Philippe himself, and some of the co-conspirators who helped him create the unique and magnificent spectacle that became known as “the artistic crime of the century.” Man on Wire is in cinemas from August 1st.