Easily the strangest coincidence at Sundance this year was the emergence of two films about Christine Chubbuck, a reporter who shot herself on the air in 1974: Robert Greene’s “Kate Plays Christine” and Antonio Campos’ “Christine.” Greene’s quasi-documentary, which stars indie mainstay Kate Lyn Sheil in the title role, hit theaters first, while Campos’ more conventional drama is set to arrive next month. Watch its trailer below.
Rebecca Hall delivers an affecting performance as a woman at her wit’s end in the film, which is sometimes difficult to watch as it charts her downward mental trajectory. The trailer somewhat underplays this at first, beginning in lighthearted fashion before showing Chubbuck’s descent into depression.
Michael C. Hall, Maria Dizzia, Tracy Letts, Kim Shaw and Timothy Simons co-star in “Christine,” which follows Campos’ similarly disturbing “Afterschool” and “Simon Killer.” The Orchard will release the film in theaters on October 14.