A documentary about triple Formula 1 champion Ayrton Senna has received a prestigious award at the Sundance Film Festival.
The movie received the World Cinema Audience Award for Documentary Film after receiving plaudits from US critics over the weekend. Director Asif Kapadia was thrilled at the reaction. He said: ‘This is amazing, thank you so much. This festival has restored my faith in festivals. It has just been amazing – and this tops it off.’
The documentary makers benefitted from the support of Bernie Ecclestone and his Formula One Management team. They wheedled down 15,000 hours of archive footage to make a final product that lasts 104 minutes.
The film’s European launch is scheduled to coincide with the British Grand Prix and will be released in the UK first, though it has already been seen by audiences in Japan and Brazil.