Kate Plays Christine

Kate Plays Christine

DVD - 2016
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In July 1974, 29-year-old TV host Christine Chubbuck went on air in Sarasota, Florida for her morning talk show "Suncoast Digest" and shot herself on live TV. The incident became a national news story and is rumored to have been the inspiration for Sidney Lumet's Oscar-winning film Network.This film follows a young actress named Kate Lyn Sheil who is hired to potray Chubbuck in a new film.
Published: New York, NY :, GrasshopperFilm,, [2016]
Copyright Date: ©2016.
Branch Call Number: DVD 362.28 KAT
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 2 hr.) :,sound, color ;,4 3/4 in.
4 3/4 in., rda
digital, optical, rda
video file, DVD video, rda


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Jan 25, 2018

A smart approach to a forgotten, but important story. There are many levels to this film - how an actor preps for a role, the issue of suicide and our collective silence, and perhaps Christine's revolutionary suicide a la Jim Jones Guyana. "Blood and gore" may have been the reason to pull the trigger, but her war as a woman in a man's TV world was also hinted at. If so her message was largely ignored by men AND women alike possibly perpetuating the harassment that women would suffer from for decades to come. Is Christine an embarrassment to #meetoo? Or are Cosby's cuties and Weinstein's wonder women?

Franln Nov 12, 2017

Kind-of a long and confusing "documentary" style movie. They never did show the actual footage of the televised suicide. That would have been the most fascinating part.

Nov 10, 2017

This movie within a movie is a fascinating look at both the acting process and societal morbid curiosity. Christine Chubbock was a newscaster for a local TV station who famously killed herself on live TV. The question becomes - Why would a successful, beautiful, intelligent woman do this? Of course, we all have our demons, but why so public? Kate is a rather timid person in real life. She is the actress who has taken on the role of Christine. By talking to those who knew her or knew of her, she learns that Christine was not timid, but rather bold. Was her final act one of cowardice or bravery? Can it be explained logically? Sarasota, Florida makes for an interesting backdrop. This sleepy and, at times, serene city is like another character in the film. The people Kate talks to are quietly colorful. Though the pretext is that the movie is about Christine Chubbock, in the end, it is really about Kate and what she learns about herself in becoming Chris.


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