In hindsight, the fact that two films about Christine Chubbuck are being released within a month of one another may be less strange than the fact that it took 40 years for a movie to be made about her in the first place. Chubbuck, a reporter in Sarasota, Florida whose on-air suicide made national headlines in 1974, is the basis of both Robert Greene’s “Kate Plays Christine” and Antonio Campos’ “Christine.” Greene’s (mostly) nonfiction endeavor has just released its official trailer and poster on Vulture.
In the trailer, we see as indie stalwart Kate Lyn Sheil prepares to play the reporter over the last few days of her life — an undertaking that includes interviews, rehearsals and musings on the nature of acting itself. Like “Kate Plays Christine,” Campos’ film (which stars Rebecca Hall in the title role) premiered at Sundance this year.
In addition to Sundance, “Kate Plays Christine” has also screened at Berlinale, BAMcinemaFest and (fittingly enough) the Sarasota Film Festival, among others. Grasshopper Film is set to release it on August 24.