TopGear.com chats to Senna director
Asif Kapadia on talking heads, crying and how he’d make a film version of Top Gear…
Posted: 03 Jun 2011
What attracted you to direct Senna?
I've never made a film about a real person before. I knew a bit about Senna and I'm a sports fan, but there was that challenge to make a film about sports as a documentary. If you fictionalise it, it doesn't work. In this way, we didn't cheat; we just showed exactly what happened. Sport doesn't work in fiction, except boxing. Two people punching each other repeatedly is inherently watchable.
Plus, I'd just made a film in the North Pole so the idea of making a film where I'd be stuck in a warm cutting room for a bit seemed good.