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Asif Kapadia

(1973-), Film director

Sitter in 2 portraits
Born in Hackney, Kapadia studied film-making at the Royal College of Art, where he first gained recognition with the award-winning short The Sheep Thief (1997). His first feature film The Warrior (2001), shot in Rajasthan and the Himalayas, won two BAFTA awards and earned Kapadia the Carl Foreman Award for the Most Promising Newcomer. He has since become a vital name in documentary film, winning BAFTA Awards for his documentary Senna (2010), about the Brazilian Formula One racing driver, Ayrton Senna, and BAFTA and Academy Awards for Amy (2015), a documentary charting the life of British singer Amy Winehouse. His forthcoming feature Maradona (2019), a documentary about the footballer Diego Maradona, continues his exploration of the lives of ‘child geniuses’.

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"00:52:33" (Asif Kapadia)

by Nina Mae Fowler
compressed charcoal and pencil on paper, 2019
NPG 7064

Asif Kapadia, by James Galloway - NPG x126107

Asif Kapadia

by James Galloway
C-type colour print, February 2003
NPG x126107


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