Pinochet in Suburbia (2006)


Introduction

Pinochet in Suburbia (retitled Pinochet’s Last Stand for US release) is a 2006 drama about former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet and the attempts to extradite him from Great Britain during his visit there in 1998 for medical treatment.

It was written and directed by Richard Curson Smith. Pinochet was played by Derek Jacobi, Margaret Thatcher by Anna Massey and Pinochet’s wife Lucía by Phyllida Law, with the cast also including Peter Capaldi, Pip Torrens and Jessica Hynes. It premiered in March 2006 on BBC Two and in September 2007 in the US.

Outline

In 1998, former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet visits Britain for medical treatment. On being tipped off, Amnesty International seize the chance to bring to justice a man they insist is guilty of multiple human rights violations. The newly-elected Labour government is initially amenable, and soon Pinochet is under house arrest (albeit in a detached house in leafy suburbia) and awaiting extradition to Spain. However, Amnesty are up against the complexities of British law, the vacillations of Home Secretary Jack Straw, Pinochet’s former ally Margaret Thatcher, and the Senator’s own vast reserves of cunning.

Cast

  • Derek Jacobi … Senator Pinochet.
  • Phyllida Law … Lucia Pinochet.
  • Peter Capaldi … Andy McEntee.
  • Yolanda Vazquez … Nicole Drouilly.
  • Anna Massey … Baroness Thatcher.

Production & Filming Details

  • Director(s):
    • Richard Curson Smith.
  • Producer(s):
    • Foz Allan … executive producer.
    • Charles Brand … executive producer.
    • Richard Curson Smith … producer.
    • Victoria Goodall … line producer.
    • Lucy Hetherington … executive producer: BBC.
  • Writer(s):
    • Richard Curson Smith.
  • Music:
    • Jeff Beal.
    • Andrew Phillips.
  • Cinematography:
    • Jeff Baynes.
  • Editor(s):
    • Amanda Baxter.
    • Michael Brown.
  • Production:
    • Tiger Aspect Productions.
    • British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) (for).
  • Distributor(s):
    • British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) (2006) (UK) (TV).
    • HBO Films (2007) (USA) (TV).
    • Yleisradio (YLE) (2007) (Finland) (TV).
  • Release Date: 26 March 2006 (UK).
  • Rating: TV-14.
  • Running Time: 90 minutes.
  • Country: UK.
  • Language: English.

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