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3.1
196 Ratings

Kate Plays Christine

Directed by Robert Greene
United States, 2016
Documentary, Drama

Synopsis

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

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Kate Plays Christine Directed by Robert Greene

Awards & Festivals

Sundance Film Festival

2016 | Winner: Documentary (Screenwriting Award)

Indiewire Critics' Poll

2016 | Nominee: Best Documentary

Kate Lynn Sheil is the co-author here, and even if you do not agree entirely with the implications of her conclusion, this film about representation, death, and feminism, is mightily provocative.
December 27, 2016
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It’s an ever-moving hall of mirrors where distinctions between documentary, fiction, performance, and reality are not so much erased as proven irrelevant. Chubbuck’s story is inherently fascinating, from the sad trajectory of her biography to the intoxicating absence of her final public act that would be so readily available to the curious if it occurred today. That we get a treatment of the subject from one of the most exciting documentary critic-practitioners working today is a rare treat.
December 09, 2016
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Due partly to the concerns Sheil voices to Greene over his desire to tell Chubbuck’s story, the film engages in critical self-analysis and (especially in the climax) deadpan self-deprecation. Yet this dose of humility shouldn’t mislead from the simple fact that Kate Plays Christine is one of the most profound and necessary commentaries on the filmmaking process.
December 09, 2016
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