Kate Plays Christine

Kate Plays Christine

In 1974, regional TV station news reporter Christine Chubbuck committed
suicide during a live television broadcast. The incident is considered the
first televised suicide in history and although it inspired Sydney Lumet’s
Network, the story and its background remain mostly unknown. Some four
decades later, actress Kate Lyn Sheil is cast in a stylised version of the story,
and to prepare for the role, she investigates the mysteries and meanings
behind Christine’s tragic demise. Committed to doing justice to Christine’s
life, Kate candidly pulls back the curtain on her acting process. As a filmmaker,
Robert Greene systematically explores the concepts of fact and
fiction, performance and make-believe in different forms and contexts. In
one of his previous projects, he delved into the world of American wrestling,
only to turn his attention to the acting profession next. Kate Plays Christine
is a study of consummate physical and psychological metamorphosis in
which the actress blends with her character while the film itself remains
primarily a game.

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  • Director:
    Robert Greene
  • Screenplay:
    Robert Greene
  • Dir. of Photography:
    Sean Price Williams
  • Music:
    Keegan Dewitt
  • Editor:
    Robert Greene
  • Cast:
    Kate Lyn Sheil, Stephanie Coatney, Marty Stonerock, Michael Ray Davis, Holland Hayes, Zachary Gossett
  • Production:
    4th Row Films, Faliro House Productions, House of Nod, Prewar Cinema Productions
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  • Festivals:
    Sundance 2016 (U.S. Documentary Special Jury Award for Writing), Berlin 2016, True/False 2016, IndieLisboa 2016 (Grand Prize City of Lisbon – Honorable Mention), Melbourne 2016, London 2016, Torino 2016


13.11.2017 20:15 Kino Lumière (K2)

About the Director:

Robert Greene

Robert Greene (1976, Charlotte, North Carolina, USA) is a director, editor and film essayist. His filmography includes the Gotham Awards-nominated Actress (2014), Fake It So Real (2012), and Kati with an i (2010). Greene’s editing credits include Queen of Earth (2015) and Listen Up Philip (2014) by Alex Ross Perry, Approaching the Elephant (2014) by Amanda Rose Wilder, and Christmas, Again (2014) by Charles Poekel. Robert writes for the Sight & Sound magazine and is the filmmaker-in-chief at the Murray Center for Documentary Journalism at the University of Missouri.