The Senator

Out on:Download 13th Aug. 2018
DVD 20th Aug. 2018

Fast sell:

An engrossing political thriller inspired by true events, the curse of family legacy and a web of lies take hold of a tragedy set to change both the influential Kennedy dynasty, and US history, forever.

Key talent:

Jason Clarke (“Mudbound”)
Ed Helms (“The Office”)
Jim Gaffigan (“The Jim Gaffigan Show”)
Kate Mara (“House of Cards”)
Bruce Dern (“The Hateful Eight”)


On July 18, 1969, Sen. Ted Kennedy drives his car off of a bridge on Massachusetts' Chappaquiddick Island. The accident results in the death of passenger Mary Jo Kopechne, a 28-year-old campaign strategist who worked for Kennedy. The ongoing investigation into the mysterious and scandalous events forever alters his political legacy - and ultimately changes the course of presidential history.

We like it because:

Putting the spotlight on the seldom explored, dark, defining moment of Kennedy family history, no detail is spared in this thorough character study of power, arrogance, and tragedy.

Stepping into the Senator’s shoes, Jason Clarke’s multifaceted performance as Ted F. Kennedy is one not of a well-imagined character, but a complex man. Riddled with guilt yet driven by ambition, Clarke guides us to front row seats of a show where struggles with family legacy, and displays of slimy self-preservation alike leave audiences debating whether to offer sympathy or condemnation. Behind Clarke is an equally talented supporting cast, including Academy Award nominee Bruce Dern as the ailing, yet venomous patriarch, Joe Kennedy Sr.

While his brothers like President John F. Kennedy are no strangers to film, the first dramatic retelling of Ted Kennedy’s darkest hour has been a long time coming. Rejecting Hollywood sensationalism in favour of a chilling sobriety, John Curran’s enthralling tale of political zeitgeist and the man caught in its shadow will ensure this chapter won’t just be left to the history books.

Editor's Notes:

About Signature Entertainment:
Since 2011, Signature Entertainment have established themselves as one of the leading names in UK film distribution, with over 600 titles released since their inception. Combining a wealth of film expertise with a fresh commercial outlook, their team has led the way with bold and innovative methods of releasing, and top quality productions. Recent releases include “The Exception”, starring Lily James and Christopher Plummer, Daniel Radcliffe fronted “Jungle” and Sci-Fi sequel “Beyond Skyline”. Other upcoming Signature Entertainment titles include Sylvester Stallone’s “Escape Plan 2” and Charlie Hunnam’s “Papillion”.



Signature Entertainment
12 (UK)
Release date
20th August, 2018
Digital release
13th August, 2018


John Curran
  • Jason Clarke
  • Ed Helms
  • Kate Mara
  • Bruce Dern
  • Jim Gaffigan