The success of the Senna movie continues to impress, with news today that not only have DVD sales in the UK surpassed 600,000 copies, making it the most successful British made sports documentary ever, but that it has been nominated for some prestigious awards.
The writer Manish Pandey has been shortlisted for the documentary screenplay award by the prestigious Writers Guild of America. Producer James Gay Rees has also been nominated by the Producers Guild of America.
And also today comes news that BAFTA has long listed “Senna” in six categories, including best documentary and best editing. Surprisingly however the soundtrack is not nominated. This goes some way to make up for the disappointment of not being nominated for an Oscar. The shortlist for BAFTA nominations will be published in two weeks time.
Pandey will attend the WGA ceremony in Los Angeles on February 19 and it comes at an interesting time as the international success of “Senna” and its crossover appeal, particularly to the female audience, has created a mini-boom in motorsport related movie projects. There’s a Hunt/Lauda project on the go and others are starting to spring up. Most never get made, but it shows that there’s an appetite among studios at the moment, clearly.
Pandey’s next screenplay, based on the relationship between 1958 F1 champion Mike Hawthorn, Peter Collins and Enzo Ferrari is written and is being finalised this month.
Meanwhile Bruno Senna is trying to fix a drive for this year’s championship and his uncle’s former team Williams appears to be a possibility. The CEO of oil company OGX, which sponsored Bruno at LRGP last season, tweeted on Friday about Bruno driving for Williams. Senna himself has played down his chances and there has been no further word from the team.