Senna in Cinemas chats to Senna director

Why aren’t there any talking heads in the film?
I don’t come from that background of documentary directing, I come from a background in films with often very little dialogue in them. Stories are told through the pictures, and for me that’s how you make cinema.
All our footage is television footage, and we needed to do something to make it feel less like TV – talking heads is a classic TV device. Once I started working on Senna, for a long time all I did was cut YouTube clips and make a chronological story. The more we looked, we realised how much of his life was lived on camera, and it seemed the only way to do it.
Plus, the rivalry was so intense at the time, there’s no point in people looking back in hindsight when you have the real thing.

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