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1,893 Ratings


Directed by Asif Kapadia
United Kingdom, France, 2010
Documentary, Biography, Sport


A documentary about arguably the greatest Formula 1 driver of his generation, and undoubtedly the fastest, Brazil’s most famous racing son Ayrton Senna. Compiled of archive footage, it follows the driving superstar’s characteristically speedy rise from the go-kart circuit to his deadly crash.

Our take

Much like his follow-up film Amy, Academy Award-winner Asif Kapadia displays his unique approach to archive and the documentary form in the carefully-crafted Formula One thriller Senna. Narratively ambitious, nail-biting and nerve-wracking.

Senna Directed by Asif Kapadia

Awards & Festivals

Sundance Film Festival

2011 | Winner: Audience Award (World Cinema Documentary Competition)

National Board of Review

2011 | Winner: Top Five Documentaries

BAFTA Awards

2012 | 2 wins including: Best Documentary Film

2012 | Nominee: Best British Film

Writers Guild of America

2012 | Nominee: Best Documentary Screenplay

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