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Kate Plays Christine (2016)

Not Rated | | Documentary, Biography, Drama | 14 October 2016 (UK)
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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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Credited cast:
Steven C. Bovio Steven C. Bovio ... Himself (as Dr. Steven C. Bovio)
Christine Chubbuck Christine Chubbuck ... Herself (archive footage)
Stephanie Coatney Stephanie Coatney ... Herself
Michael Ray Davis ... Himself
Zachary Gossett Zachary Gossett ... Himself
Rod Grant ... Himself
Holland Hayes Holland Hayes ... Himself
Tatyana Kukrecht Tatyana Kukrecht ... Himself
David Mackey David Mackey ... Himself
Linda Roser ... Herself
Michael Rubino ... Himself
Kate Lyn Sheil ... Herself
Marty Stonerock Marty Stonerock ... Herself
Steve Zurk Steve Zurk ... Himself


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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Kate Lyn Sheil: [Directed at either individuals off-camera or to the viewer] "Are you happy now? You're all a bunch of fucking sadists."
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Boring Doco That Bypasses Christine's Story for an Ego-driven Art Project
28 September 2018 | by htcfaggSee all my reviews

I walked out of this film after 15 mins, so you should probably take that into consideration when reading.

Kate Plays Christine is a kind of mockumentary that revolves around an actress (Kate Lyn Sheil) preparing for a role in a film that doesn't actually exist (or maybe the role she's preparing for is one where she plays an actor preparing for a role, initiating a loop of pretentiousness the filmmakers seem content to create for themselves).

Kate Lyn Sheil seems to lack character and experience, which would make her a very poor choice for a role where the character publicly kills herself after a tragically short life of anxiety and failure. The filmmakers try to make up for this by focusing on her physical transformation into the character, and presenting some first-hand sources on Christine's life and personality in an extremely shallow way that never attempts to really peel back the layers on who Christine was. The film instead revolves around a pretty, bland girl making herself look good for the camera.

The idea for this mockumentary is solid if needlessly abstract, however the fact that it's welded to a real-life tragedy that doesn't get the attention it deserves downright turns my stomach. If Christine could see how her life story had been co-opted by these thoughtless artists in the pursuit of their own egos I think that she'd feel the same.

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