Coincidentally, I was just tweeting the other day how as a J-school grad, I continue to be surprised by how journalism has evolved (and in some instances devolved) in favor of click baits and sensationalism. Which is perhaps at the basis of CHRISTINE, starring the criminally underrated Rebecca Hall as the real life Christine Chubbuck, the Florida news anchor who made national headlines in 1974 when she committed suicide during a live broadcast. I know, wild.
Looking at the new trailer, which is definitely intriguing, the film looks like it also explores such topics as depression, feminism in the workplace, and social awkwardness--all embodied in Hall's performance.
Rebecca Hall stars in director Antonio Campos' third feature film, CHRISTINE, the story of a woman who finds herself caught in the crosshairs of a spiraling personal life and career crisis. Christine, always the smartest person in the room at her local Sarasota, Florida news station, feels like she is destined for bigger things and is relentless in her pursuit of an on-air position in a larger market. As an aspiring newswoman with an eye for nuance and an interest in social justice, she finds herself constantly butting heads with her boss (Tracy Letts), who pushes for juicier stories that will drive up ratings. Plagued by self-doubt and a tumultuous home life, Christine’s diminishing hope begins to rise when an on-air co-worker (Michael C. Hall) initiates a friendship which ultimately becomes yet another unrequited love. Disillusioned as her world continues to close in on her, Christine takes a dark and surprising turn.
Based on true events, Campos’ intimate and sensitive portrait of a woman on the brink is grounded by Hall’s impeccable and transformative performance as Christine. Rounding out the supporting cast are superlative performances by Michael C. Hall (“Dexter”), Tracy Letts (“Homeland,” Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright), Maria Dizzia (“Orange Is The New Black”), Timothy Simons (“Veep”) and J. Smith-Cameron (“Margaret”).
Watch the trailer:
I'm actually attending a panel with Hall and Campos as the special guests for IFP Film Week, which should be interesting. CHRISTINE opens in theaters October 14. What do you think?