Christine stars Rebecca Hall in the film based on the true story of Christine Chubbuck, a TV reporter in Sarasota, Florida, in 1974.
Anyone who grew up in that era may remember the story and know how this movie is going to end.
But if you didn’t and before reading any spoiler alerts, this dramatic film is worth checking out for Hall’s stellar performance.
In a 2016 interview at the Toronto International Film Festival Rebecca Hall explained that she took the role because of what she described as “the extreme reaction she had before reading the script.”
“It was an attempt to humanize a person that is otherwise left as a horror story who did a frightening thing,” said Hall.
Hall said the script resonated for her on so many levels.
“It’s a film about sensationalism that isn’t sensationalistic. It’s a film about America during that period,” said Hall.
“It’s a film about what it is to be a woman that doesn’t conform to the norms of how to be a successful woman. It’s a film about the agony of what it is to be a misfit and out of the ordinary.”
The online movie database, imdb.com describes the film as that of a ‘woman caught in the crosshairs of a spiralling personal life and career crisis.’
“As an aspiring newswoman with an eye for nuance and an interest in social justice, she finds herself constantly butting heads with her boss, who pushes for juicier stories that will drive up ratings,” stated imdb.
Quotes from the movie:
“In keeping with Channel 40’s policy of bringing you the latest in ‘blood and guts’, and in living color, you are going to see another first.”
“This is a team meeting. It’s a simple concept: if it bleeds, guys, it leads.”
“ Look Chubbuck, just make your stories juicy.”