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Senna -- A documentary on Brazilian Formula One racing driver Ayrton Senna, who won the F1 world championship three times before his death at age 34.
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Senna -- A documentary on Brazilian Formula One racing driver Ayrton Senna, who won the F1 world championship three times before his death at age 34.
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Director:
Writer:
Manish Pandey (written by)
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Release Date:
8 October 2010 (Japan) See more »
Tagline:
The legend of the greatest driver who ever lived. See more »
Plot:
A documentary on Brazilian Formula One racing driver Ayrton Senna, who won the F1 world championship three times before his death at age 34. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Won 2 BAFTA Film Awards. Another 13 wins & 12 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
All he ever wanted to do was race... See more (108 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Ayrton Senna ... Himself (archive footage)

Alain Prost ... Himself
Frank Williams ... Himself
Ron Dennis ... Himself
Viviane Senna ... Herself
Milton da Silva ... Himself
Neide Senna ... Herself

Jackie Stewart ... Himself
Sid Watkins ... Himself
Galvão Bueno ... Himself
Reginaldo Leme ... Himself
Gerhard Berger ... Himself
Nelson Piquet ... Himself
Nigel Mansell ... Himself
Jean-Marie Balestre ... Himself
Bussunda ... Himself (archive footage) (as Casseta & Planeta)
Rubens Barrichello ... Himself
Luiz Fernando Lima ... Himself
Riccardo Patrese ... Himself
Bernie Ecclestone ... Himself
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
John Bisignano ... Himself
Prince Rainier of Monaco ... Himself (archive footage)
Adrian Newey ... Himself (archive footage)
Princess Stéphanie of Monaco ... Herself (archive footage)
Pierre Van Vliet ... Himself
Murray Walker ... Himself
Richard Williams ... Himself
Claire Chazal ... Herself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Adriane Galisteu ... Herself (uncredited)
Damon Hill ... (voice) (uncredited)
Xuxa Meneghel ... Herself (uncredited)
Paulo Miklos ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Michael Schumacher ... (voice) (uncredited)

Directed by
Asif Kapadia 
 
Writing credits
Manish Pandey (written by)

Produced by
Tim Bevan .... producer
Liza Chasin .... executive producer
Eric Fellner .... producer
James Gay-Rees .... producer
Victoria Gregory .... line producer
Debra Hayward .... executive producer
Kevin Macdonald .... executive producer
Manish Pandey .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Antonio Pinto 
 
Cinematography by
Jake Polonsky (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Chris King 
Gregers Sall 
 
Sound Department
Tim Cavagin .... sound re-recording mixer
Tim Cavagin .... supervising re-recording mixer
Giancarlo Dellapina .... sound recordist
Stephen Griffiths .... supervising sound editor
Keith Partridge .... foley engineer
Andy Shelley .... supervising sound editor
Steve Single .... sound re-recording mixer
Barnaby Smyth .... foley artist and editor
 
Editorial Department
Matt Adams .... digital intermediate consultant
Matthew Benns .... data operations manager
Paul Ensby .... colorist
Paul Ensby .... digital color timer
Philip Hedgecock .... first assistant editor
Todd Kleparski .... digital intermediate producer
Jaime Leonard .... on-line editor
Begoña Lopez .... digital intermediate producer
Keith Mason .... assembly editor
Avdhesh Mohla .... assistant editor
Debs Richardson .... first assistant editor
Lee Twohey .... assistant colorist
 
Music Department
Paula Anhesini .... music re-recording mixer assistant
Fernanda Cardoso .... composer: additional music
Fernanda Cardoso .... music creative assistant
Fernanda Cardoso .... music programmer
Samuel Ferrari .... composer: additional music
Samuel Ferrari .... musician: electric guitar
Marilia Franco .... executive music producer
Kirsten Lane .... music consultant
Zeno Mainardi .... music recording engineer
Thacio Palanca .... score engineer assistant
Luís Paulo Serafim .... music recording engineer
Armando Torres Jr. .... music re-recording mixer
Samuel Ferrari .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Raquel Alvarez .... production coordinator
Jonas Amarante .... production assistant
Christina Angeloudes .... legal and business affairs: manager
Paul Bell .... archive producer
Matt Curtis .... titles
Chloe Dorigan .... assistant: Tim Bevan
Kate Fasulo .... production coordinator: Working Title
Ben Galster .... junior researcher
Dana O'Keefe .... sales agent
Katherine Pomfret .... assistant to Eric Fellner
Cara Shine .... assistant to producer: Eric Fellner
Oz Thakkar .... production assistant (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Nick Angel .... special thanks
Anna Barnes .... special thanks
Martin Brundle .... special thanks
Bernie Ecclestone .... special thanks
Kate George .... thanks
Lewis Hamilton .... special thanks
Veronique Hassid .... thanks
Roman Osin .... special thanks
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Ayrton Senna: Beyond the Speed of Sound" - Japan (English title) (promotional title)
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MPAA:
Rated PG-13 for some strong language and disturbing images
Runtime:
106 min | Japan:162 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Certification:
Argentina:Atp | Brazil:Livre | Canada:PG (British Columbia) | Canada:14A (Ontario) | Canada:G (Quebec) | Finland:K-3 | Germany:6 (f) | Ireland:12A | Japan:G | Netherlands:9 | Singapore:PG | South Korea:All | UK:12A | USA:PG-13 (certificate #46288)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Despite a limited release, it set a UK box office record for a documentary of £375,000 on its opening weekend.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: At the end, a title card referring to Senna's fatal accident reads "There has not been a fatality in Formula One since." While it is true that no driver has since died in a Formula One race, three track marshals have died during a Grand Prix since 1994; two of them before the making of this movie (Italy 2000, Australia 2001, Canada 2013).See more »
Quotes:
Jean-Marie Balestre:The best decision is my decision!See more »
Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
Papai Noel Dos BaixinhosSee more »

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50 out of 56 people found the following review useful.
All he ever wanted to do was race..., 4 June 2011
Author: the_rattlesnake25 from Sheffield, UK

Seventeen years after the passing of one of the greatest Formula 1 racing drivers of all time a documentary has been released that examines his ten-year career in the sport. Directed by Asif Kapadia ('Far North,' 'The Warrior') and produced by Universal and Working Title, 'Senna' shows the audience the untapped potential and brilliance of the Formula 1 driver Ayrton Senna, while also examining the rise of this shy, young Brazillian boy; from go-karting circuits to a televisual audience of millions. 'Senna' is as moving and touching, as it is interesting and captivating.

Born Ayrton Senna da Silva to wealthy middle-class parents in the Santana district of Sao Paulo, he always had a dream of becoming a racing driver and began by driving in the Karting World Championships until he was approached to join Formula 3 for the 1983 season and then Formula 1 for the following season. From his first controversial podium finish in the Monaco in Grand Prix in 1984, two things were born; an intense rivalry with the future French Formula 1 champion (and soon to be team-mate) Alain Prost and a desire to race, dominate and win which would see Senna not only claim three World Championships, but also lose his own life on the track.

Where Kapadia's 'Senna' documentary works is in its ability to appeal to wide array of audience members. For the fans of the Formula 1 racing there is a copious amount of footage documenting select races and the events taking place around his career. Rather than use cutaway segments to show various celebrities and sports men and women discuss their memories and recollections of Senna, Kapadia instead utilises a voice-over to accompany the archive images on-screen. By allowing the voice-over of the various people associated with Senna (most notable this consists of McLaren's team principal Ron Dennis, his mother, father and sister, F1 team Doctor Sid Watkins, and Brazilian commentator Reginaldo Leme) to supplement the footage, it both preserves he power of the on-screen image and provides the audience with additional information regarding the situation or event that is being presented.

While for the casual viewer who may only know of Ayrton Senna in passing, there is the psychological unravelling of a man trapped in a boy's body. Senna is shown not to be ignorant of the politics of Formula 1, but simply uninterested, he was always that middle-class boy from Brazil who only wanted to race, win and repeat. There is also an interesting inclusion of footage of Senna as a modern hero of the Brazilian people, he's shown as the racing driver who transcended the social and political problems of a nation on the edge of poverty and economic instability and provided them with ray of light and joy that was unfortunately extinguished on the 1st of May 1994. 'Senna' is a brilliant and moving examination of a rising sporting star caught up in the whirlwind of politics, rivalries and stardom, when all he wanted to do was race and win by any means necessary, not for the adulation of millions, but his love for sport so close to his heart.

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