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Great news! Hopefully there will be further news regarding the film’s release date very soon.

VARIETY – The Orchard has acquired North American distribution rights to “Christine,” the Sundance drama starring Rebecca Hall as a disturbed broadcast journalist.

The film, directed by Antonio Campos, received a warm reception at Sundance when it premiered on Jan. 23, particularly for the lead performance by Hall. It’s based on the 1974 story of Florida anchor Christine Chubbuck.

The movie is written and produced by Craig Shilowich, and Melody C. Roscher served as another producer. Executive producers include Sean Durkin, Josh Mond, Robert Halmi, Jr. and Jim Reeve.

The Orchard, a subsidiary of Sony Music Entertainment, also bought the coming-of-age dramedy “The Hunt for Wilderpeople” and the autism documentary “Life, Animated” out of Sundance.

The deal was negotiated by UTA Independent Film Group and WME.

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I have updated the gallery with screen captures from The Gift–in which Rebecca plays Robyn, and stars alongside Joel Edgerton and Jason Bateman. I really enjoyed this film, and although I’m a sucker for a psychological thriller at the best of times, seeing Rebecca in a really great role alongside two other great actors really sealed the deal for me. The story has plenty of twists and turns and an ending that is open to interpretation. Click the thumbnails below to take a look at the captures.



On an unrelated note, you may have noticed the site at long last has a new look. As much as I loved the previous themes, they had been up for quite a while and as I had been slacking with updates for a while, I figured it was time for some inspiration to get the site back on track. The finishing touches are still being added, but for now, I hope you’ll like the changes. I also have plenty to work on content-wise, you can expect to (finally!) see some filmography pages and other additions very soon. Thanks for being patient with me.

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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.

Sundance-related?
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.

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Great to see this confirmed! As you’ll know, Rebecca previously worked with Brian Crano in A Bag of Hammers (love that movie) – so I’m very excited to see this one. Also, it’s worth nothing that both Morgan Spector (Rebecca’s husband, she worked alongside him in Machinal) and Jason Sudekis (Tumbledown) are part of the cast.

DEADLINE – Rebecca Hall and Downton Abbey’s Dan Stevens are starring in a new romantic comedy Permission, which is being shot in New York by writer-director Brian Crano. Hall is starring in Christine, which premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. Stevens was in the breakout Sundance hit The Guest and next will appear as the Beast in Disney’s live-action Beauty & The Beast.

In Permission, the duo will portray a couple who decide to sleep with other people for the sake of their relationship. The film also stars Gina Gershon, Francois Arnaud, Morgan Spector, Bridget Everett, David Joseph Craig, Sarah Steele and Jason Sudeikis.

Hall also recently signed up alongside Michael Shannon and Ben Foster to star in Meredity Danluck’s State Like Sleep.

Permission is a Ball and Chain and Picture Films production, in association with Paper Trail. The producers are Margot Hand, Hall, Giri Tharan and Joshua Thurston. Erika Hampson, Michael Klein and Crano are the executive producers.

WME is repping worldwide rights. Hall and Stevens are both repped by WME and Julian Belfrage Associates. Stevens is also repped by Peikoff Mahan. Crano is repped by Brillstein Entertainment Partners and Sloan Offer. Gershon is repped by Innovative Artists and Untitled Management. Francois is repped by APA and Lasher Group.

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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.

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DEADLINE – Rebecca Hall and Chloë Sevigny have joined the cast of Oren Moverman’s The Dinner, alongside the previously announced Richard Gere, Steve Coogan and Laura Linney. The film, based on the worldwide bestselling novel by Herman Koch, will start shooting in New York on January 21. Moverman, whose last film Time Out Of Mind also starred Gere, has adapted the novel and will direct.

Cotty Chubb, Lawrence Inglee, Eddie Vaisman and Julia Lebedev are the producers of the film, which is a Code Red, ChubbCo and Blackbird production. Code Red is fully financing and Protagonist Pictures is handling international sales. Exec producers on the project are Leonid Lebedev, Angel Lopez, Olga Segura and Eva Daniels.

The Dinner starts as Paul and Claire Lohman (Coogan, Linney) get ready for a dinner with Paul’s politician brother Stan (Gere) and his wife Barbara (Hall). Tensions already exist between the two brothers – Stan is a smooth-talking celebrity who is the favorite to win the governor’s race, while Paul has a chip on his shoulder and is currently not working. But, as the evening in a chic restaurant progresses, dark secrets emerge about their respective children. A monstrous crime has been committed by the Lohman kids and the two couples are divided about how to handle the situation.

“Herman Koch’s The Dinner is an extraordinarily provocative, conscience-bending ride that takes on culturally relevant issues and turns them into an intricate menu of human passions and primal fears,” said Moverman in a statement. “I am honored to be tackling this international phenomenon as an American film with our family of talented artists and brilliant actors. “

Moverman’s Love & Mercy, which he wrote and produced, was recently nominated for an IFP Gotham award for Best Adapted Screenplay. His first feature The Messenger received Oscar nominations for Moverman’s script (with Alessandro Camon) and Woody Harrelson’s performance. He also co-wrote I’m Not There with Todd Haynes and produced the recently shot Oppenheimer Strategies with Inglee. The latter film also stars Gere with Israeli director Joseph Cedar making his English-language debut.

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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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