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Kate Plays Christine (2016)

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Actress Kate Lyn Sheil prepares to portray the role of Christine Chubbuck, a real-life news reporter who took her own life on national television in 1974.

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Actress Kate Lyn Sheil prepares to portray the role of Christine Chubbuck, a real-life news reporter who took her own life on national television in 1974.

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Where do art and reality intersect?
25 October 2016 | by (London) – See all my reviews

Chubbuck's death was a very deliberate performance. It was even scripted, with material provided for a subsequent newscaster to read out after her death. How did she prepare herself to be able to go through with this, to play this role? Enter actress Kate Lyn Sheil, ostensibly preparing to play Chubbuck in a TV movie (which, needless to say, doesn't really exist). The film carries us through her process, right up to that challenging final scene. Can she imitate what Chubbuck did, or will her increasing closeness to her character actually make it harder? In the curious absence of footage of the dead woman - to help her get her movement and intonation right. The more she researches Chubbuck's decidedly unremarkable life, the more she seems to slip into depression herself - and how much of this is Sheil-as-self or Sheil-as-actor is hard to determine - so that by that final scene, having seen her buy a gun, one can't help but wonder if she has dangerous plans of her own. Sheil increasingly questions the ethics of showing the death at all, even as a reconstruction. Why do we need to see it? Greene, however, has carefully primed the viewer, from that first scene all the way through a script peppered with references to it, deliberately piquing curiosity. It's easy to connect with Sheil's developing obsession, harder to walk the same path. In this way, Greene forces us to ask questions about ourselves as well.


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