Senna, directed by University of Westminster graduate Asif Kapadia, was Britain’s biggest home grown success at the prestigious BAFTA awards last night, winning two out of its three nominated categories.

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Senna, based on the life of Formula One driver Ayrton Senna, beat Martin Scorsese’s George Harrison: Living in the Material World and James Marsh’s Project Nim, to scoop the award for Best Documentary.

A second award for Editing was won by Senna’s editors Gregers Sall and Chris King, seeing off The Artist, Hugo and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.

Senna had also been nominated for Outstanding British Film, but lost to Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, produced by Tim Bevan, Co-Chairman of Working Title Films and recipient of a University of Westminster Honorary Doctorate in 2008.

The double BAFTA win is the crowning glory in a string of awards for the documentary. ‘There’s something about Senna and his charisma that pulled [people] in, and people would laugh and they would cry,’ says Kapadia.

Kapadia has been an active supporter of the University since graduating from the film school in 1994. In an exclusive interview with the University, he says, ‘I did six years at film school, and two of them were spent at Westminster… without them, I would not be making movies… I would not have made Senna.’

Kapadia now sits on the Advisory Board of the Regent Street Cinema project, alongside Tim Bevan, and other key players from the British Film Industry. The project plans to restore the Old Cinema on Regent Street, reopening it as a working, state of the art cinema, and a landmark venue for the British Film Industry.

Read more about the Regent Street Cinema project.

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