Senna, the movie about the great Brazilian champion Ayrton Senna, won a prestigious award at the Sundance Film Festival in Utah last night.
Director Asif Kapadia collected the World Cinema Audience documentary award for documentary film on behalf of the production team from Working Title films.
The movie is composed entirely of existing footage, much of it from FOM archives, with voice over inserts from many of the key characters in the story like Alain Prost, Ron Dennis and Frank Williams. It tells the story of Senna’s life, his principles, his way of going racing (good and bad) his rivalry with Prost and his political battles with then FIA president Jean Marie Balestre. It is an amazing achievement; serious, at times hilarious, moving and tragic.
“This is amazing. This festival is about films, the audience and the film makers. We spent five years slogging away in the edit suite putting it together and it’s been amazing,” said Kapadia.
The film went down very well with critics and audiences alike and has had some very positive reviews in the USA. It is due to open in Europe in the early summer and we will have a special JA on F1 screening, more details soon.
You can see Kapadia collecting the award on the Sundance video at around 41 minutes on SUNDANCE