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GP Week : Issue 44
> F1NEWS> o honour Senna AYRTON Senna is to be remembered, 15 years after his tragic death at the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix, with a movie dedicated to his life in Formula 1. The ‘theatrical documentary’, which is set to be released in 2010, the year in which Senna would have turned 50 years of age, has been described by the film’s co-producer James Gay-Rees as a movie that will, through the use of actual race footage and the narration of Senna’s voice, “allow people to go on a ride with Ayrton through his own career.” “It’s been a labour of love to get it to this point,”Gay-Rees told GPWeek. “The Senna family has been great and very co-operative. It’s been a long journey to this point, but the Sennas introduced us to Bernie [Ecclestone] and his gang who have been extremely helpful and are partners in the sense that they’ve provided us with the footage for the film.” A Working Title production, the movie will be released worldwide by Universal. “It will be a theatrical documentary, in the same vein as [‘Rumble in the Jungle’documentary] ‘When We Were Kings’ in that it’s a really cinematic, sporting film. “It is a factual feature film. We’ve got so much great footage that we very much want the film to exist in its own moment and to allow people to go on a ride with Ayrton through his own career. “It will be Senna in his own words. He was incredibly magnetic and charismatic and complex. As opposed to the traditional documentary concept where you have somebody else talking over the top of it, we will have him [Ayrton] which I think will be incredibly emotive. “We really are massively excited. It’s a huge responsibility though as he is an icon and a god to many people and we want to do him justice. And a big part of it for us is that we want his people to be proud of it so that Brazilian fans think we’ve done him justice. It’s a huge undertaking.” The film will be directed by Asif Kapadia, whose film “The Warrior”won the BAFTA for Best British Film in 2001. Working with Kapadia will be Kevin MacDonald as Executive Producer, whose movie “Touching the Void” succeeded “The Warrior”as BAFTA’s Best British Film in 2002. MacDonald achieved huge success in 2007 as Director of the Oscar-winning Idi Amin epic “The Last King of Scotland.” Working Title’s Tim Bevan and Eric Felner will join James Gay-Rees as Producers, and the film has been written by Manish Pandey. While 2009 signifies 15 years since the loss of Ayrton Senna, it also signifies the 15th anniversary of the establishment of the Ayrton Senna Foundation, which came into being following the triple world champion’s death under the direction of his sister Viviane Senna-Lalli. The foundation, which was set-up to use Senna’s image and name to help fund projects for underprivileged children in Brazil, will this year help over 1,006,000 children and youngsters from some of Brazil’s poorest areas. Over the last decade and a half the foundation has helped almost 8 million children. Senna had always wanted to give something back to the country he loved, and the Foundation which carries his name has created a lasting legacy in which those closest to him believe he would have been justifiably proud.