THE GUARDIAN – The actor on starring in an acclaimed Sundance drama about Christine Chubbuck – the news anchor who achieved notoriety in the 70s for killing herself on live TV – and why she’s rarely offered parts this complex.
Hi, Rebecca! How are you?
Full of a head cold, but otherwise fine.
I think so. I think it’s just travelling and generally being over-adrenalised and happily pulled in too many directions. But yes, cold!
The last time you were in Park City was with the broad comedy Lay the Favourite (1).
It’s a completely different thing to go with a film that doesn’t have distribution (2); it’s a really different animal. I had no experience of that. The two I came with before both had distribution; premiering them there was more like just having a coming-out party. There were stakes with Christine. It was also playing in the competition, which was a different thing as well. There was a lot more nerve involved. You wait for reviews, for buyers to circle it, and then you wait for the juries. It’s a nerve-racking process.
I was at the Sundance premiere of Christine: did you sit through the entire movie?
I did, yes! I saw a cut, but it wasn’t with music. And I think there is a difference when you see something with an audience, so I wanted to sit through it. I don’t think I’ll ever do it again. I found it really hard.
It’s a tough watch for anyone. Watching it took me back to the space I was in when I was doing it. I wasn’t really conscious of it while I was watching, but halfway through I thought: God, I’ve got this really bad tension, and why is my shoulder seizing up? My posture was changing in my seat as I was watching.Read More
As many of you know already, Rebecca has been in Park City, Utah for the past few days promoting her role in the upcoming Christine-in which she plays the title character, Christine Chubbuck. The critical response to her performance has been overwhelmingly positive (many calling it the best of her career so far). It’s always great to see her receive high praise–and it’s no less than she deserves. Hopefully we’ll be seeing some material from the film very soon.
INDIEWIRE – The equally somber and shocking tale of Christine Chubbuck, the 29-year-old Sarasota news anchor who shot herself on live television during a broadcast in 1974, has an inherent appeal. That much has been demonstrated at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, where the story has been featured in two projects — Robert Greene’s meta-documentary “Kate Plays Christine” and Antonio Campos’ more straightforward narrative “Christine,” starring Rebecca Hall in the lead role. While Greene’s project delves into the dicey moral territory of recreating Chubbuck’s suicide, Campos’ version doesn’t hesitate.
An expertly crafted noir-like depiction of Chubbuck’s descent into psychological duress, Campos’ grim character study makes up for an occasionally stifling icy tone with a stunning lead performance by Hall, who turns the would-be suicidal anchor into a figure worthy of empathy rather than outright pity.
Like Campos’ earlier features “Afterschool” and “Simon Killer,” the new movie revolves around a tormented figure gradually led to a violent act. While the other movies treated this descent with a certain degree of remove, Hall brings an urgency to the material by making Chubbuck’s poker-faced figure into a vehicle for media criticism. In a captivating opening scene, she sits in an empty studio, pretending to interview Richard Nixon as she addresses an empty chair. The image succinctly illustrates her desire to report on major issues taking place in the world around her, and the absence of interest from the station to pay much attention.Read More
The first still photograph of Rebecca in the title role of news reporter Christine Chubbuck has been released, and can now be found in the gallery. With Sundance around the corner, it seems logical that a trailer may be on its way very soon.
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If you don’t wish to read on further, the news is that Rebecca’s upcoming film, Christine, will screen at the Sundance Film Festival in January. Can’t wait for further news from this one! You can view the full article and line-up for the festival by clicking the source link below.
VULTURE – If you’re sick and tired of talking about all the great films that have come out this year, why not take a gander at the films you’re going to be talking about next year? The Sundance Film Festival just announced its lineup of the dozens of films that will be competing in the four competitive categories at January’s festival, as well as the ten films playing in the noncompetitive NEXT category. Highlights of the dramatic slate include The Birth of a Nation, a period piece about Nat Turner’s slave rebellion; Southside With You, the story of Barack and Michelle Obama’s first date; and Christine, a Rebecca Hall–led biopic of news anchor Christine Chubbuck, who committed suicide on-air in 1974. (Coincidentally, Chubbuck is also the subject of a film in this year’s documentary competition, Kate Plays Christine.)
Christine / U.S.A. (Director: Antonio Campos, Screenwriter: Craig Shilowich) — In 1974, a female TV news reporter aims for high standards in life and love in Sarasota, Florida. Missing her mark is not an option. This story is based on true events. Cast: Rebecca Hall, Michael C. Hall, Maria Dizzia, Tracy Letts, J. Smith-Cameron. World Premiere
THEWRAP – Rebecca Hall and Michael C. Hall are starring in director Antonio Campos’ indie drama “Christine,” which chronicles the true story of the final months of a depressed news broadcaster who infamously committed suicide on live television, TheWrap has exclusively learned.
Tracy Letts (“Homeland”), J. Smith-Cameron (“Rectify”) and Maria Dizzia (“Orange Is the New Black”) co-star in “Christine,” which Campos has been filming under the radar for the past couple weeks.
“Iron Man 3” actress Hall stars as 29-year-old WXLT-TV news reporter Christine Chubbuck, who shot herself on the air in Florida. Chubbuck carefully planned her suicide and even wrote a script for her program that included a third-person account of the shooting to be read by whichever staff member took over the broadcast after the incident. 14 hours after she was taken to the same hospital she predicted, she was pronounced dead.
“Dexter” alum Hall co-stars as George, a fellow news anchor on whom she harbors a crush. That character is based on Chubbuck’s real-life crush George Peter Ryan.
Letts will play Christine’s boss and Smith-Cameron will play her mother, while Dizzia will play Jean Reed, a network camerawoman who works with Christine on many news segments.
Campos, who produced “Martha Marcy May Marlene” and previously directed “Afterschool” and “Simon Killer,” is working off a script by Craig Shilowich, who’s also producing the film Melody C. Roscher.
Campos’ Borderline Films partners Josh Mond and Sean Durkin will executive produce. Roscher worked with Borderline on Mond’s directorial debut “James White,” which was recently acquired by The Film Arcade following its Sundance debut.
Rebecca Hall, who will soon be seen opposite Jason Bateman in STX Entertainment’s first release “The Gift,” recently joined the cast of Steven Spielberg‘s ‘The BFG”) She is represented by WME and Julian Belfrage Associates.
Michael C. Hall’s recent feature credits include the Sundance entries “Cold in July” and “Kill Your Darlings.” He’s repped by UTA, Authentic Talent and Peikoff Mahan.
Dizzia, who previously worked with Campos on “Martha Marcy May Marlene,” can currently be seen alongside James Franco in “True Story.” She’s repped by Perennial Entertainment, attorney Marcy Morris and the Gersh Agency, the latter of which also reps Smith-Cameron.
Letts is currently filming Adam McKay‘s “The Big Short” and will soon be seen in “Elvis & Nixon.” He’s repped by Innovative Artists and attorney Stan Coleman.
Campos is represented by UTA, Washington Square Films and attorney Peter Nelson of Nelson Davis.