Directed by Asif Kapadia
Starring Ayrton Senna, Alain Prost and Frank Williams
Documentaries are not the usual area of expertise for Amateur Reviews, however after the BAFTAs it became apparent that this was one documentary that needed to be seen. The film depicts the short and great career of Brazilian Formula One racing driver Ayrton Senna. From winning the F1 world championship three times, to his tragic death – this is the monumental story of a legend.
You don’t need to know the first thing about motor-racing or Senna to enjoy this masterpiece; don’t let a distaste for the constant whine of cars going round in circles put you off. Senna as a person is the focus of the piece, not the racing. Kapadia seamlessly weaves together numerous clips and voiceovers into a fluid story that is remarkably affecting. Plus there is no need for interviews of people reminiscing in a studio randomly cut into the film. The use of race footage is completely thrilling and it will have you holding your breath despite knowing the inevitable tragedy. This is a stunning documentary that is a must see for all race fans and film buffs alike.
"Being second is to be the first of the ones who lose." - Ayrton Senna