Double BAFTA win for University of Wales Graduate

Posted on 17 February 2012

Photo Credit: BAFTA/Stephen Butler

Asif Kapadia, a graduate of the University of Wales, has won two prestigious awards for his documentary Senna at the 2012 British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Film Awards.

Asif Kapadia’s film about the legendary Formula One driver Ayrton Senna won best documentary and best editing at Sunday’s ceremony.

The highly-praised documentary tells the story of Ayrton Senna’s career, from his beginnings as a go-kart driver to his fatal crash in 1994. Using entirely archive footage and interviews, Senna paints a dramatic portrait of one of Formula One’s most famous drivers, who won the F1 world championship three times before his death at age 34.

Senna was also nominated in the Outstanding British Film category – the first time a documentary had been nominated in the category since 2009 – but lost out to the spy-thriller Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy..

Born in Hackney in 1972, Mr Kapadia studied film production at the University of Wales, Newport, in the early 1990s and has gone on to achieve great things within the British film industry and beyond.

Senna‘s documentary award is Kapadia’s second major BAFTA win. He has won before for his film The Warrior (2002), which was awarded the Alexander Korda Award for Best British Film and the Carl Foreman Award for the Most Promising Newcomer in 2003.

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