BAFTA award winning filmmaker Asif Kapadia is known for his visually striking films exploring the lives of ‘outsiders’, characters living in timeless, extreme and unforgiving circumstances or landscapes. Born in Hackney, London, Kapadia studied filmmaking at the Royal College of Art where he first gained recognition with his short THE SHEEP THIEF (1997), shot in India, the film won Second Prize at the 1998 Cannes International Film Festival (Cinefoundation).
Kapadia’s first feature THE WARRIOR (2001, FilmFour), was shot in the deserts of Rajasthan and the Himalaya. The film was nominated for three BAFTA awards, winning British Film of the Year and Special Achievement by a Director in their First Feature.
SENNA, (2010, Working Title / Universal Pictures) Kapadia’s fourth feature is the thrilling story of Brazilian motor-racing legend, Ayrton Senna. Winner of Audience Awards at Sundance, Los Angeles, Melbourne & Moscow Film Festivals. SENNA has taken over $12m at the box office and is the highest grossing British documentary of all time. SENNA has been nominated for three British Independent Film Awards including for Best British Film & has been nominated for four Cinema Eye Awards including for Best Non Fiction Film.