By Travis Johnson

Even benefiting from the enormous privilege of his name and status, it must have been tough for Ted Kennedy, youngest son of Joseph Kennedy. He spent his life in the shadow of martyrs Jack and Bobby, and his career was marked by scandal – principally the 1969 incident the new film Chappaquiddick covers, where he was involved in a car accident in which campaign aide Mary Jo Kopechne was killed.

Directed by John Curran (The Painted Veil, Tracks) from a script by Taylor Allen and Andrew Logan, the film is already winning rave reviews, and Clarke’s performance is being highlighted as a career best. He certainly seems to have nailed Kennedy in this new clip, which sees the embattled senator strategising with his advisers in a classic-looking smoky back room.

Chappaquiddick is making its Australian debut at the St George Open Air Cinema on February 5, 2018. Tickets go on sale from December 11 here. The film goes on wide release from May 10.


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