23 February 2009
BBC Motion Gallery, BBC Worldwide’s sales clip arm, supplied rare archive footage for Man on Wire – winner of the Best Documentary Feature award at this years’ Oscars. The documentary follows the story of performance artist Philippe Petit as he plots and executes an illegal tight-rope walk in New York, between the World Trade Center’s Twin Towers.
Through its representation deal with CBS News, BBC Motion Gallery provided footage of Petit being arrested after his acrobatics and later on being interviewed by police as well as images from the time of the World Trade Center against the New York city skyline.
Commented Simon Gibbs, Managing Director, BBC Motion Gallery: “Man on Wire is a truly remarkable film and thoroughly deserving of this highest accolade. BBC Motion Gallery has been a part of many Oscar winning films over the years – and long may it continue. This Oscar shows how vital top quality archive material is in producing the finest historical documentary feature films.”
BBC Motion Gallery also supplied footage to Milk, which won Best Original Screenplay and Best Actor for Sean Penn. The film which followed the real-life story of Harvey Milk licensed 47 seconds of exclusive footage from CBS News, featuring news anchors Walter Cronkite and Roger Mudd.
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