Sundance: Rebecca Hall Plays Suicidal Anchor Christine Chubbuck, Who "Desperately Wants to Live"

The actress stars alongside Michael C. Hall and Tracy Letts as the depressed Florida newscaster who infamously shot herself on live television in 1974.

At this year's Sundance Film Festival, there are two features about Christine Chubbuck, the depressed Florida newscaster who infamously shot herself on live television in 1974.

In Christine, a narrative film directed by Antonio Campos, Rebecca Hall stars as the suicidal Sarasota news anchor who is competing for a promotion, healing from unrequited love and juggling a tumultuous home life.

"[She] is a woman who desperately wants to live, and she tries very, very, very hard — and you watch her trying," Hall told The Hollywood Reporter in discussing the pic based on the real-life tragedy. "That's what is compelling and moving about it."

The film focuses on "the perfect storm of events that leads to a tragic end," said Campos. Though he called the fest's simultaneous premiere of a documentary of the same subject, Kate Plays Christine, a "very strange coincidence," he's excited to see another perspective on the topic.

Christine also features Michael C. Hall, Tracy Letts, Maria Dizzia, J. Smith-Cameron, John Cullum and Timothy Simons.

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