Asif Kapadia (2010)

12A Certificate


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In the years leading up to his tragic death at the San Marino Grand Prix in 1994, Ayrton Senna established himself as one of Formula One's most brilliant, daring and controversial drivers. A three-times world champion, the volatile Brazilian was a hero in his homeland, and his ruthlessness behind the wheel, not to mention his spiky challenges to the politics of the racing world, grabbed headlines beyond the chequered flag. Director Asif Kapadia's powerful and engrossing documentary, wholly assembled from thrilling archive footage with new voiceovers from several leading F1 figures, paints a portrait of a determined and deeply spiritual man. His notorious clashes both on and off the track with arch rival Alain Prost give the chronological telling of the story added bite, resulting in a fascinating biography that will appeal to more than just fans of fast cars.


Documentary about the life of Brazilian Formula One driver Ayrton Senna, examining his achievements on the track over a 10-year period that saw him crowned world champion three times, until his death in a crash during the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix. Featuring rare footage from the F1 archives and contributions from fellow racing stars including Alain Prost and Jackie Stewart.

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Director Asif Kapadia

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Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: UniversalGuidance: Swearing. Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 3 Jun 2011
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