Senna + Q&A

Here the creative team behind documentary Senna detail the process of bringing the story of Ayrton Senna da Silva, a Brazilian race car driver commonly considered to be one of the greatest in the history of the sport, to the screen. With Senna a larger than life character who in 1994 was also the last driver to die in a Formula One car, his family had been reticent to approve or support a fictionalised film. The research and the respect of writer Manish Pandey writer and producer James Gay-Rees meant that they were given the go ahead, and that they became the first crew to be given access the Formula One archive by Bernie Ecclestone. Director Asif Kapadia, who elected not to feature talking heads or incorporate any newly shot footage, describes how initial cash flow issues led to the team having 7 months to collect material and construct their story, as well as discussing the challenges and opportunities of making a film without your main character.


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