Director John Curran Discusses Chappaquiddick

Director John Curran dishes on the Kennedy family, its legacy, and not worrying about making it look good in this candid interview.

"It cost him the presidency" is the common refrain from those who recall the "Chappaquiddick" incident of July 1969, in which Senator Ted Kennedy drove his car off a small bridge in Chappaquiddick, Massachusetts, and killed Mary Jo Kopechne in the process. What happened, why did it happen, and afterward, the question of what really happened?, has been debated for years. 

In "Chappaquiddick," director John Curran isn't trying to set the record straight. One of the best things about it is its determination to take the facts and present them as objectively as possible, which is not an easy thing to do given the disparate information and theories out there. To his credit, Curran has crafted an effective and engaging drama that hits all the right notes.

I recently sat caught up with Curran over the phone when he attended the Miami International Film Festival in March 2018. We discussed the curse of being a Kennedy, whether Ted would've been president if the events in Chappaquiddick never happened, and why the production took them to Mexico for a key scene. Note: Only the sound of the interview is heard; images are from the film and courtesy of Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures.

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