Oscar award winning director and University of Westminster graduate Asif Kapadia has been judged as one of the top 20 most influential Asian people in Britain, in the Asian Media Group (AMG) GG2 Power 101 list which includes Nobel peace prize winner Malala Yousafzai.

In the list topped by Mayor of London Sadiq Khan, Asif Kapadia is ranked in 19th place. The list includes notable figures such as Nobel chemistry prize winner Venkatraman Ramakrishnan and Great British Bake Off winner and TV presenter Nadiya Hussain.

Earlier this year Westminster graduate Kapadia won an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature for the film Amy, about the late singer Amy Winehouse. Having debuted at the Cannes Film Festival, Kapadia's Amy documents the late British soul singer’s rise to fame and the events that led to her death at the age of 27 in 2011. The film has been hailed 'a tragic masterpiece' by critics. The film also won the 2016 Grammy Award for Best Music Film, as well as a BAFTA for Best Documentary.

Kapadia was also named one of London’s most influential people in the Evening Standard’s Progress 1000 list.

The University of Westminster is a leading global centre for excellence in the arts and film production and has strong links with the film industry. Its Film BA Honours course, taught at the Westminster School of Media, Arts and Design, is one of the best known film and television courses in the world, with an international reputation for its academic and practical teaching.

Learn more about the University of Westminster’s Film BA Honours course.

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