The Academy Award and multi BAFTA-winning director of Amy and Senna sat down to discuss his new film Diego Maradona, and his illustrious career to date, on Friday 7 June 2019.
Asif Kapadia first gained recognition with his short film, The Sheep Thief, in 1997. Shot in Rajasthan, India, the film won several international awards including a prize at the Cannes Film Festival and was followed by his first debut, The Warrior, which won Best British Film and Best Debut Film at that year's BAFTAs
In 2010 Asif Kapadia’s innovative archive documentary Senna, about Formula One icon Ayrton Senna, was the most successful British documentary of all time – until his moving, compassionate portrayal of singer Amy Winehouse, Amy, won numerous awards including an OSCAR, a BAFTA and a Grammy for best documentary.
Asif returned to archive documentary film with Diego Maradona, and this time can include personal interviews with his subject: the "Golden boy” who infamously benefited from intervention by "the Hand of God" in the 1986 World Cup quarter final and is still considered by many to be the greatest footballer of all time.
As well as the film, Asif discussed his own career and inspirations, his filmmaking practise, and his personal connection to his work.
Recordings of some of the 2019 talks and sessions will be available on our YouTube channel in the Autumn.