Senna

Senna

I went to see the Senna documentary on Monday night at the Barbican cinema (thanks City of London staff discount!) with fellow motor racing fanatic, Rob. Being a lifelong Formula 1 fan - I know, I hide it well - and Senna devotee I was really looking forward to it, especially as every review I'd read had given it a glowing report.

The film makers had been given permission to use the entire Formula 1 TV archive to make the film and used their unprecedented access to tell the story of Senna's meteoric, and ultimately tragic, rise to one of the finest drivers in the history of the sport.

Sure, there have been other greats that are without an award winning documentary to their name but it's Senna story that makes the documentary so enjoyable and not just for seasoned F1 fans like me. It's a tale that anyone can relate to: a tale of struggle, of politics, of success, failure and intense self-criticism and how one man tries to hold it all together and be the very best he can.

You might turn your nose up at the thought of going and seeing a film about motor racing but because the story is told using archive footage of Senna himself rather than a series of talking heads it feels so much more real as opposed to a series of reminisces from people you've never heard of and that's what makes this documentary so enjoyable. Yes, it's helped by the fact that Senna's story is perfect for the cinema but it's funny, moving, inspiring, controversial and tragic in equal parts. You can't watch it and not come away admiring him and his determination to succeed and feeling the world was robbed of an incredible talent that sunny afternoon in Italy.