Asif Kapadia (Film Directing, 2001)diego maradona by asif kapadia

Asif Kapadia

Fellow in 2001 for Film Directing

Asif Kapadia is an Academy Award, BAFTA, Grierson and Grammy Award-winning film director, writer and producer and one of the most influential filmmakers of our generation.

Born in London, his family came to the UK from Gujarat, India in the 60s. His international, bilingual background, mixed with his rich, multicultural working class upbringing motivated him to travel and inspired him to create world cinema. His work blurs genres from drama to documentary, in features and shorts, Film and TV.

Perhaps best known for his acclaimed trilogy of films Amy, Senna and Diego Maradona on child geniuses and the price of fame, these groundbreaking films work dramatically like fiction films but are constructed entirely from archive footage.

In 2001 Kapadia made his epic debut fiction feature The Warrior starring the late great Irrfan Khan and shot in India. The film won Outstanding British Film of the Year and Special Achievement by a Director, as well as being nominated for a BAFTA.

Kapadia directed episodes of the Mindhunter series for Netflix; series directed and executive produced the critical hit music series 1971: The Year Music Changed Everything (AppleTV+); and also co-directed and executive produced the mental health series The Me You Can’t See (AppleTV+) starring Oprah, Prince Harry and Lady Gaga.Between the features and TV work Kapadia continues to direct short films and commercials, including work for a number of high profile brands and talent including the multi award winning The Tale of Thomas Burberry for fashion brand Burberry starring Domhnall Gleeson, Lily James, Dominic West and Sienna Miller.