Posted on February 29, 2012


Yesterday we ran a competition giving the chance for JA on F1 readers to win two pairs of tickets to see the BAFTA award winning film “Senna” on the BFI IMAX screen in London’s Waterloo. To enter for a chance to win the tickets for the Thursday March 1 showing you had to predict the podium finishers, in order, for the season-opening Australian Grand Prix, with the two winners chosen at random from the answers that matched James’s own prediction for Melbourne. As ever, thanks to everyone who entered and we can now reveal details of the winners. First things More…

Posted on January 17, 2012


We are in the thick of what the movie industry calls “Awards Season” with the Writers Guild of America awards, the BAFTAs and the Oscars among the many awards ceremonies on the horizon. Although the Senna movie was snubbed by the Academy for an Oscar nomination, it seems to be finding more traction with the British version of the awards, the BAFTAs. Today it was confirmed that the documentary about the great Brazilian three times F1 champion has been shortlisted in three categories, including Outstanding British film for the ceremony on February 12 in London. It has also had the More…

Posted on January 6, 2012


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 More…

Posted on October 14, 2011


I’ve got a fantastic competition this weekend for JA on F1 readers around the world; we have four signed Senna movie posters and DVDs of the film, released this week, to give away. All you have to do is predict the time gap between the two McLaren drivers at the finish of Sunday’s Korean Grand Prix and in whose favour. So for example if you think that Jenson Button will finish ahead of Lewis Hamilton by 4 seconds use the comments box below and write “Button by 4 secs”. Or you could predict that one will finish and the other More…

Posted on July 5, 2011


We have been running a competition on JA on F1 for fans to use the crossover appeal of the Senna film to give a friend or partner who doesn’t get Formula 1 some kind of understanding of, and interest in, the sport. We were looking for comments from the sceptic about what the film had made them see about F1. And we had some fantastic entries. Most of the entries were from women, it must be said, largely partners of F1 fanatics who have been ‘converted’ to the cause! Manish Pandey, the writer and producer of the Senna movie and More…

Posted on June 7, 2011


The film about the life of Ayrton Senna has broken the record for the highest grossing opening weekend for a documentary film in British cinema history. And its success means that more cinemas will start showing it from next week. The film opened in UK cinemas on Friday June 3rd and took $614,000 for the weekend (£375,000), which is a new record for a documentary. For comparison the acclaimed documentary “Touching the void” had gross sales of less than a third of Senna in its opening weekend. Senna has received rave reviews from critics, with Jeremy Clarkson calling it “unmissable” More…

Posted on May 6, 2011


Here is the video of Tuesday night’s JA on F1 screening of the Senna movie in London, featuring contributions from Sir Jackie Stewart, Martin Brundle, Prof Watkins and the driver whom Senna described as his greatest rival – kart champion Terry Fullerton. It reflects the emotion of the evening and gives a flavour of a memorable event, which played out to an audience of 320 people and raised money for the GP Mechanics Trust. Thanks to all the JA on F1 readers who came and who contributed.

Posted on March 25, 2011


I’ve managed to get my hands on the new trailer for the Senna movie due to go on general release in the UK on June 3rd. It captures the spirit and feel of the film and its haunting soundtrack by Antonio Pinto, which is one of the elements that lifts it to the status of a “classic” in my view. Last night, at the official Grand Prix Party downtown, I saw Bianca Senna, Ayrton’s niece and she spoke about the family’s happiness with the finished film and the effect it seems to be having on its audiences. It’s destined to More…

Posted on March 14, 2011


The long awaited JA on F1 screening of the award winning F1 documentary film Senna will take place on Tuesday 3rd May at 6pm, at the Curzon Mayfair in London. It will be a special preview screening for fans of this outstanding film, which has won over audiences in Japan, Brazil, USA and Italy. It’s very rare for fans to be given an opportunity to see the film in advance of the premiere. Keep an eye on this site over the next few days as the tickets will go on sale shortly. Proceeds from ticket sales will go to the More…

Posted on January 30, 2011


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 More…

Posted on January 24, 2011


The movie about Ayrton Senna, which we have chronicled extensively on this site, has had a very positive reception at the celebrated Sundance Film Festival in America. The film is shortlisted for best world documentary and is in a very competitive field, but it has been glowingly reviewed by the LA Times critic, who attended the Sundance screening. “Sometimes a documentary will unexpectedly reach out and grab you by the throat, not giving you a second to breathe,” wrote Kenneth Turan of the LA Times. “That’s that way it was with “Senna,” which had its North American premiere Friday night More…



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