Senna (2011): Asif Kapdia’s Portrait of Formula One Race Driver

The most exciting driver to ever race Formula One, the handsome, charismatic Ayrton Senna became overnight a Brazilian national hero and an icon to racing fans around the world.

Asif Kapadia’s energetic and exciting documentary, which is composed entirely from archival footage, was the winner of the Audience Award at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival.


The documentary explores the backroom politics, bitter rivalries and the glamour of a unique sport. At the same time, it’s also a compelling character study of a mythical figure, a genius who was a man of uncompromising humanity and grace.


Told in a remarkably clear and thrilling manner, “Senna” uses astounding archival footage combined with original voiceover interviews to create a thrill-ride worthy of its daring subject.


Producers Distribution Agency (PDA) will release “Senna,” which plays at the L.A. Film Festival in June, on August 12th.








A Working Title Production in association with Midfield Films.


Directed by Asif Kapadia.


Written by Manish Pandey.


Produced by James Gay Rees, Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner.


Executive producers are Kevin Macdonald, Manish Pandey, Debra Hayward and Liza Chasin.