Chappaquiddick

A suspenseful historical drama from John Curran (Tracks), CHAPPAQUIDDICK examines the infamous 1969 incident when Senator Ted Kennedy accidentally drove off a bridge, resulting in the death of campaign worker Mary Jo Kopechne. Among the most morally murky episodes in late 20th-century US politics — and that's a crowded field — was the drowning of campaign specialist Kopechne in what would become known as the Chappaquiddick Incident. The Kennedy dynasty had lost three heirs apparent by 1969, and Ted (Jason Clarke) was, at the time, the family's last hope to carry their name and ambitions into the upper echelons of US politics. Kennedy patriarch Joe (Bruce Dern), however, always considered his youngest son a ne'er-do-well — and he never let Ted forget it. The party on Chappaquiddick reunited the "Boiler Room Girls" who had served on Robert Kennedy's 1968 presidential campaign, among them Mary Jo (Kate Mara). Ted whisks Mary Jo away for a reckless moonlight drive that ends in tragedy. But the more profound malfeasance begins after the accident, when a battalion of spin doctors gets to work on covering up the incident, using the Apollo 11 moon landing as a distraction. This is an unsettling and eerily prescient film about the way power strives to protect itself while victims are left by the wayside.

106 Minutes
Drama
Key:
Standard Standard

Chappaquiddick Show Times

Wednesday, 15 August 2018