Senna documentary wins two BAFTAs
13 February 2012 – The acclaimed Senna documentary enjoyed double-success at the BAFTA ceremony in London last night, adding to its growing trophy cabinet. Taking place at the Royal Opera House, the annual awards show recognised the account of late Ayrton Senna as the 'Best Documentary' of 2011, plus handed it the 'Best Editing' accolade.
With Martin Scorsese’s George Harrison documentary and Project Nim (based on the extended study of a chimpanzee) for competition, Senna ultimately came out on top.
“We’d just really wanted to thank the Senna family for trusting us with his legacy," explained Screenwriter Manish Pandey. "When your son dies in circumstnces like that, and you get a bunch of guys who turn up and say listen, we want to tell the story, we think we’re very sensitive, we think we will absolutely tell it right; it takes a lot of guts to support people like that, and I’d like to thank them for doing that.”
Despite being beaten in the Outstanding British Film category, the Senna awards total now stands at six since its initial 2010 release in Japan, with the production since becoming the United Kingdom's highest-grossing documentary in history.
Full list of Senna awards to date:
Sundance Film Festival - World Cinema Audience Award: Documentary
Los Angeles Film Festival - Audience Award for Best International Feature
Melbourne International Film Festival - People's Choice Awards for Best Documentary
Adelaide Film Festival - Audience Award for Best Documentary
BAFTA - Best Documentary, Best Editing