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Senna nominated for BAFTA award
Senna, the stunning biopic of legendary Brazilian Formula 1 driver Ayrton Senna, has been nominated for a BAFTA.
The British Academy of Film and Television Arts has included the tale of Senna – which gives a behind the scenes insight into the man as well as the racing driver beneath the famed yellow helmet – on its short list in the Outstanding British Film category.
Under the umbrella of British film company Working Title Films, Senna was written by Manish Pandey, directed by Asif Kapadia and details the three-time Formula 1 World Champion’s rivalry with teammate Alain Prost.
The film features behind the scenes footage of driver’s briefings highlighting the politics involved in Formula 1 in the ‘80s but is of interest to all types of audience thanks to looking at Senna as a person – from die hard motorsport enthusiasts to people who know nothing about the man.
The motion picture is comprised purely of archived footage, and although it features over-dubbed interviews with key figures involved in Senna’s life and career – including the man himself – there are no “talking heads” or narrator.
As MSN Cars’ review of the film pointed out, “This brave move passes unnoticed as the film is skilfully directed to flow along and deliver an active-tense narrative that is both explicable and enjoyable even to those who know little and care less about motor racing.”
It’s the treatment of the footage that makes Senna such an outstanding piece of cinema and one that would surely be a deserving winner of a BAFTA.
Senna the man was a great – and Senna the film does his legacy impressive justice.
MSN Cars’ review of Senna, the movie
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