I’ve been flying the Senna flag for quite a while now and after watching the amazing documentary at SXSW last week, I’m so pleased I have been.  The man is, was and always will be a legend in the world of motor sport and this documentary which only uses archive footage spans from Senna’s early life where he became the Karting World Champion right through to that fateful day on May 1st, 1994 at the San Marino Grand Prix at Imola.

Senna is directed by Asif Kapadia who at he Q&A which followed the movie told us that he chose to use only archive footage after spending 10 days at media mogul Bernie Eccleston’s private archive which has no one has ever had access to before now. A lot of the movie focuses around the controversy from the Senna / Alain Prost days during their time at Malbaro McLaren Honda.

This documentary had me on the edge of my seat throughout and it was very interesting to watch Senna with an American audience, half of which had never heard of him. By the end of the movie, everyone was on their feet applauding director Kapadia who was in attendance for a Q&A which followed it. Senna also won the SXSW Award for World Cinema and as far as I’m concerned, it deserved it. You MUST see this film!

You can read my full review of the movie here and scroll down to check out the new trailer and which Universal Pictures have just sent over. You can click the poster to enlarge.

Senna is released in UK cinemas 3rd June.

Synosis: Senna’s remarkable story, charting his physical and spiritual achievements on the track and off, his quest for perfection, and the mythical status he has since attained, is the subject of  SENNA, a documentary feature that spans the racing legend’s years as an F1 driver, from his opening season in 1984 to his untimely death a decade later. Far more than a film for F1 fans, SENNA unfolds a remarkable story in a remarkable manner, eschewing many standard documentary techniques in favour of a more cinematic approach that makes full use of astounding footage, much of which is drawn from F1 archives and is previously unseen.