Asif Kapadia: I knew enough about Senna to make a film

Martyn Collins

Senna Director Asif Kapadia is a BAFTA award winning filmmaker known for his visually striking films. His films have been awarded and distributed internationally and shown how versatile and expressive British cinema can be.

Born in Hackney, London in 1972, Kapadia studied filmmaking at the Royal College of Art where he first gained recognition with his short film The Sheep Thief (1977) telling the story of a gifted streetkid and the family who take him in. The film won many awards including Second Prize at the 1998 Cannes International Film Festival, the Grand Prix at the 1997 European Short Film Festival in Brest and Best Director at the Poitiers Film Festival 1997.