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Senna movie treat in store for F1 fans this Autumn
Senna movie treat in store for F1 fans this Autumn
Posted By: James Allen  |  12 Jul 2010   |  10:47 pm GMT  |  159 comments

There is a film in production at the moment about the life of Ayrton Senna, which is due to come out in cinemas in the Autumn.

I was the first journalist to see it and I’ve now seen it twice, the most recent occasion with Martin Brundle, Senna’s rival from British F3 days, shortly before the Silverstone weekend. He liked it as much as I did.

It is an absolutely fantastic film and I’m sure that not only are F1 fans going to be blown away by it, but it will cross-over into the mainstream with many non F1 fans, especially women, drawn to the poignant human interest story at the heart of it.

The film is being made by Working Title, the leading British movie company who made most of the classic British films of recent years like Bridget Jones, Notting Hill and Pride and Prejudice.

Directed by BAFTA winner Asif Kapadia, this is a different kind of film, a feature length documentary. It uses original archive footage and footage from FOM as well as family movies. The material knits together very well and there are no talking heads telling the story, only actual footage with some voice-only interviews. It is a film about Senna in Senna’s own words to a large extent.

The project has the backing and co-operation of the Senna family, Bernie Ecclestone as well as key figures in the story like Ron Dennis and Frank Williams.

“Neither the Senna family nor Bernie Ecclestone have ever sanctioned such a project for the cinema before and we have made the film with unprecedented access to FOM and the family archive,” said writer Manish Pandey.

I’ll try to get a JA on F1 event together later this year for fans to view the film and talk with the film-makers.

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Do you happen to know the date that the film wil premier in Dublin, Its my brothers birthday this week and he is a senna fanatic I would love to get him tickets for the premier if possible


Hi James,

This film was only going to be released in Lighthouse cinema in Dublin but this cinema has just closed due to a row over rent. Do you know if it will be shown anywhere else in Ireland. I’ve been looking forward to it


I was looking forward to seeing this in lighthouse cinema but it has just closed down so I’d love to be included 🙂


Hi, Check out for your film festival. The movie has received a 5 star review here in Adelaide.


The movie had it’s Australian debut in Adelaide (of course) last Sunday the 27th Feb. It is “Sennasational”. @nd & final session Adelaide March 6th 2011 1.30 pm Piccadilly cinema. Don’t miss it!


Sorry, I meant 2nd session March 6th.



Any idea when it will be shown in Melbourne? I can’t find it anywhere!


Just rewatched the trailer for the nth time, I have had tears in my eyes every time… I will probably cry when watching the entire film.

Lets hope it gets a Canadian release date.


June in Canada, I believe.


Hi james i was wondering if you have any more information regarding mainstream release of the film in the uk ? Will it be in a few selected cinemas across the country or will it be released uk wide ?


I think it’s 40 + screens nationwide. Will post soon on the schedule


Hey James, any idea on a DVD release date for the film. My Dad raced against Senna in Formula Ford and he has always been his hero. I can’t think of any better Christmas present than this DVD.



DVD next Xmas maybe, but not before it opens in UK cinemas which is June 2011


New to the site, I am a huge fan of all increidble drivers, just recently I have re-discoverred Senna, tonight I watched a few clips on you tube, I recommend watching his ex-girlfrien being intervied ten years later on italian tv.. i think its italian, (the one he was with when he unfortunatly died). She paints a picture of her life with Ayrton and provides some interesting opinions that are worth hearing.

I simply stumbled upon this forum by accident and had to comment on someone’s idiotic post saying that senna was overrated. I appologize for making fun of that person. Anyway, I am in Canada but grew up in eastern europe, I would like to research some of the worlds top drivers from the past century… Tazio , Moss, Clark, Stewart, Michelle Mouton!!, Lauda,, Schuey (give him a chance please!), G.Hill.. I believe that not only do they share a sixth sense of some sort but I think its interesting how charismatic, almost untouchable they seem, specially the really tragic stories such as senna and clark, I am always blown away with their gentleman style of presentation.. Back to the movie… simply cannot wait and by the way… Schuey? has he lost the talent, too old and a little cautious I think, but speaking of senna has made me consider the worst – will his comeback end in heart ache/tragedy?



Growing up in an underprivileged family I saw in Senna an example of ambition and what hard work and devotion could do. My Sundays were filled with joy watching him on TV and an immense pride would fill my heart every time we stood on the podium holding the Brazilian flag. Senna will always be my #1 idol! Please bring this movie to San Francisco, CA. I really, really, really want to see it.


Hi James!

Any ideas when it’s gonna be released in Australia?

Mate, the trailer is bloody awesome!! And Senna…speechless…I guess I’ll start weeping here…



Australian debut was last Sunday in Adelaide of course. It is awesome. 2nd & final session March 6th.


Hey James, do you know where can i get some informations about the movie?

I am Brazilian and live in Ireland, but i dont have any ideia when it will be released here…

Thank so much


Currently living in Japan where the film has just been released. Fantastic viewing, though it was tough trying to decipher the Japanese translations of the Portugese. Very moving, slightly biased towards Senna with regard to the Prost sagas, but overall highly recommended.


hi james

do you know if the movie will be released in Australia? although i was only a month old when ayrton was killed he has played a massive part in my karting and id love to see this movie. every time i watch the onboard footage from monaco 1988 it makes me want to keep pushing to find more speed.


Not sure. But it will be on DVD there obviously


Hi James

Any idea when the DVD will be released?

I’m not to sure if it will be screened in Singapore.


Hi James

Is the movie going to be available in the UK cinemas and if so which ones will it be available in. I live in Northampton and really want to see it. Ayrton Senna was my dad’s idol and unfortunately due to me being so young – I never got to see his talent other than in the BBC Classic Grand Prix

Thanks a bunch mate



Is the movie coming to Finland?


senna era fodastico. viva o brasil, viva politica corrupta, carnaval, drogas, assalto, contraste social!!


Hi James,

I’m huge F1 fan. Please let us if there is a chance to get it available in Australia.

Senna forever!




Australian debut Adelaide (of course)last Sunday. 2nd & final session March 6th. It is awesome. It won best documentary at the Sundance film festival.


Not sure. Contact your local Universal office. They are distributing the film


Hi James,

This is indeed awesome, any chance that I can see this in Holland?




Hello James, I’m a huge fan F1 and your website. Please tell me, will this film be available in the United States?


I’m sure it will. I’ll find out


The “Tale of Senna” to me boils down to this:

(and it’s much more than just a likeable fast racing driver dying on the track).

First: Speed. The true measure of an ability to drive a car at the limit of physics, completely on the limit, fearlessly, is qualifying.

Senna: 65 pole positions out of 161 races

Schumacher: 68 pole positions out of 270 races

Second: It’s about a life lived in complete and absolute dedication and determination to one goal; winning. To a level of dedication only a few of us could even understand… let alone emulate, eventhough all of us yearn for that 1 single objective in our lives.

Senna dedicated himself to the point that he became a near recluse, family, marriages, girlfriends, nothing mattered in the will to win. Yet he never purposefully drove competitors off the circuit to win (like Schumacher did). When it happened it was always as payback to the other driver having done it to him before. (1990 for Prost’s 1989).

Third: Yet in this unwavering life dedication he did it in a framework of complete and absolute humility, empathy and virtue. His donations of millions to childrens charities (donated secretly), his respect and humility to even fans who attacked him and hugged him as he was walking. His public crying over the death of Ronald Ratzenberger in the Imola pitlane on Saturday. His jumping over a 2 metre wall to see Barichello after doctors wouldn’t let him in on Friday. His empathy to his fellow human beings, his recorded messages to the italian boy in coma urging him to wake and come to the Grand Prix (which worked). He was one of those who lived on another level of integrity and compassion, in his personal relationships with others some have said like a saint.

And of all men, racing drivers, for this life to be taken, in the way that it happened, is an event that some still struggle to understand.

In the end it sealed the circle, and the modern legend of the Tale of Senna was born.


John, great post, I agree with everything you said, you just left out the time Senna jumped out of his car in the middle of a qualifying session, to help Eric Comas, who had just crashed in front of him. You can search it on you tube. That episode still brigs tears to my eyes for the Human and sportlike behaviour one should always have in competition. For me that episode sums up Senna’s Humanity and Personality. A fierce competitor, but always a man, a gentleman driver.


Can’t wait for this movie!! Top Gear did an incredible tribute to an incredible driver.


Put my name on the list, when and where, I’ll be there!!


Hi james, is there any further update on the release of the documentary? The Top Gear tribute was great, but I think we will all be blown away when the film is released Just like Senna did to all his rivals! Thanks for the insite to the movie.

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