Asif Kapadia

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Asif Kapadia
Asif Kapadia.jpg
Kapadia at the British Film Institute premiere of Amy.
Born1972 (age 45–46)
OccupationFilmmaker
Years active1997–present
Notable work
The Sheep Thief
The Warrior
Senna
Amy

Asif Kapadia (born 1972) is a British filmmaker. His early award-winning films include The Sheep Thief (1997), winner of the 2nd Prize Cinéfondation for Short Film at the Cannes Film Festival, and The Warrior (2001), winning the BAFTA Award for Best British Film 2003.

Kapadia directed the documentary film Senna (2010), based on motor racing legend Ayrton Senna, which won the BAFTA Award for Best Documentary, the BAFTA Award for Best Editing and the World Cinema Audience Award Documentary at the Sundance Film Festival 2011. He filmed Amy (2015), based on singer Amy Winehouse, which has become the highest grossing documentary of all time in the United Kingdom, and also won him an Academy Award and Grammy Award in 2016. In 2018 he will release the film Maradona, based on Argentine football legend Diego Maradona, with Kapadia stating, "Maradona is the third part of a trilogy about child geniuses and fame."[1]

Early life[edit]

Asif Kapadia was born in 1972 in north London, to an Indian Muslim[2][3] British family. He attended Newport Film School (formerly part of the University of Wales, Newport, now the University of South Wales),[4] achieved a first-class degree (BA Hons) in Film, TV and Photographic Arts from the University of Westminster[5] and an MA (RCA) in Directing for Film and TV at the Royal College of Art.

Career[edit]

Kapadia's first feature film, The Warrior,[6] was shot in the Himalayas and the deserts of Rajasthan. The film caught the attention of The Arts Foundation who in 2001 awarded him a fellowship in Film Directing. Peter Bradshaw in The Guardian described The Warrior as possessing "mighty breadth" and "shimmering beauty";[7] the film was nominated for three BAFTA awards, winning two: the Alexander Korda Award for the outstanding British Film of the Year 2003 and The Carl Foreman Award for Special Achievement by a Director, Screenwriter or Producer in their First Feature. The Warrior also won the Grand Prix at the Dinard Film Festival, the Sutherland Award at the London Film Festival, the Evening Standard British Film Awards for the Most Promising Newcomer and the Douglas Hickox Award for Best Debut Film. In 2003

Far North premiered at the Venice Film Festival, based on a dark short story by Sara Maitland. Kapadia used the brutal arctic landscape to show how desperation and loneliness drives a woman to harm the person she loves. Kapadia's fourth feature, Senna, was the life story of Brazilian motor-racing champion, Ayrton Senna. Senna was the highest grossing British documentary of all time (£3.3m, $5.2m).

Kapadia's most recent film Amy is a documentary that depicts the life and death of British singer-songwriter Amy Winehouse. The film was released on 3 July 2015 in the United Kingdom, New York and Los Angeles, and worldwide on 10 July. The film has been described as "heartbreaking", "awe-inspiring", "unmissable", "the best documentary of the year" and "a tragic masterpiece". The film has received 5 out of 5 ratings when it was reviewed at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival in May. The film has become the highest grossing British documentary, and second highest grossing documentary of all time in the United Kingdom, overtaking Kapadia's 2010 movie Senna.[8][9]

In 2018, a documentary film titled Maradona, based on Argentine football legend Diego Maradona, is to be released. Following on from Senna and Amy, Kapadia states, "Maradona is the third part of a trilogy about child geniuses and fame."[1] He added, "I was fascinated by his journey, wherever he went there were moments of incredible brilliance and drama. He was a leader, taking his teams to the very top, but also many lows in his career. He was always the little guy fighting against the system... and he was willing to do anything, to use all of his cunning and intelligence to win."[10]

Awards and nominations[edit]

List of awards and nominations
Year Award / Film Festival Category Work Result Ref(s)
2011 British Independent Film Awards Best British Documentary Senna Won
Best British Independent Film Nominated
Best Technical Achievement Nominated
Sundance Film Festival World Cinema Audience Award: Documentary Won
Satellite Awards Best Documentary Film Won
Grierson Awards Best Cinema Documentary Nominated
Los Angeles Film Festival Audience Award for Best International Feature Won
Melbourne International Film Festival Most Popular Documentary Award Won
Moscow International Film Festival Audience Award Won
Adelaide Film Festival Best Documentary – Audience Award Won
2012 British Academy Film Awards Best Documentary Senna Won
Best Editing Won
Outstanding British Film Nominated
Producers Guild of America Awards Documentary Feature Nominated
Writers Guild of America Awards Documentary Nominated
London Film Critics Circle Awards Documentary of the Year Won
Technical Achievement Nominated
Evening Standard British Film Awards Best Documentary Won
Cinema Eye Honors Outstanding Achievement in Editing Won
Outstanding Achievement in non-fiction Feature Filmmaking Nominated
Outstanding Achievement in an Original Music Score Nominated
Audience Choice Prize Nominated
FOCAL International Awards Best Use of Footage in a Cinema Release Won
Best Use of Sports Footage Won
Special Award for the contribution to Archive Filmmaking Industry Won
Best Use of Footage in a Home Entertainment Release Nominated
2015 Hollywood Film Awards Best Documentary of the Year Amy Won
2016 British Academy Film Awards Best Documentary Amy Won
Outstanding British Film Nominated
Academy Awards Best Documentary – Feature Won

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Director Producer Executive Producer Notes
1994 Indian Tales Yes Short film. 12 mins long.
1996 The Waiting Room Yes Short film. 8 mins long.
1996 Wild West Yes Short film. 1 min long.
1997 The Sheep Thief Yes Short film. 24 mins long.
2001 The Warrior Yes
2006 The Return Yes
2007 Far North Yes
2010 Senna Yes Released in 2010 in Brazil, 2011 everywhere else
2013 Monsoon Shootout Yes
2015 Amy Yes Won the 2016 Academy Award for Documentary Feature
2015 Ronaldo Yes
2016 Supersonic Yes
2016 Ali and Nino Yes
2017 Mindhunter (TV series) Yes Netflix series. Directed episodes 3 & 4.
2018 Maradona Yes

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Film-maker Asif Kapadia: 'Maradona is the third part of a trilogy about child geniuses and fame'". The Guardian. 1 October 2017.
  2. ^ "The Saturday interview: Asif Kapadia". The Guardian. My films often have a spiritual dimension which comes from my Muslim background, and I'm happy to tackle that in cinema.
  3. ^ "Asif Kapadia's 2012 Odyssey: the film that captures London's dark side". The Guardian.
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 27 May 2015. Retrieved 2015-05-31.
  5. ^ "An interview with Asif Kapadia". University of Westminster. University of Westminster. Retrieved 14 December 2015.
  6. ^ Matt Warren (24 August 2001). "Review The silent soldier The Warrior". The Scotsman. Retrieved 31 May 2012.
  7. ^ Bradshaw, Peter (10 May 2002). "The Warrior". theguardian.com. Retrieved 15 April 2014.
  8. ^ "U.K. Box Office: 'Amy' becomes second biggest doc ever". Cornerstone film.
  9. ^ "Amy Winehouse documentary breaks box office records". The Guardian.
  10. ^ "Amy director Asif Kapadia set to make Maradona documentary". The Independent. 1 October 2017.

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