Screened as part of NZIFF 2016

Kate Plays Christine 2016

Directed by Robert Greene Portrait of an Artist

Director Robert Greene and actress Kate Lyn Sheil blur fiction and reality as they investigate and reconstruct the story of newscaster Christine Chubbuck, who infamously committed suicide live on-air in 1974.

USA In English
112 minutes DCP



Susan Bedusa
Douglas Tirola


Sean Price Williams


Keegan DeWitt


Kate Lyn Sheil
Stephanie Coatney
Michael Ray Davis
Zachary Gossel
Holland Hayes
David Mackey
Linda Roser
Mike Rubino. Marty Stonerock
Steve Zurk


Berlin 2016


Screenwriting Award (US Documentary)
Sundance Film Festival 2016

This mesmerising meta-documentary from innovative US filmmaker Robert Greene follows actress Kate Lyn Sheil (The Color Wheel, House of Cards) as she prepares for the role of Christine Chubbuck, a real-life 70s Florida newscaster whose on-air suicide is said to have inspired Sidney Lumet’s Network but has largely been forgotten.

“Fascinated by the performative as well as the psychological dimensions of this fatal display, Greene and Sheil traveled to Sarasota, Florida, to the scene of Chubbuck’s death, to learn about her life and to make a film in which the actress would attempt to portray a woman whose motivations and mindset remain all but irretrievable from the tides of time (even an infamous videotape of the incident is said to be under lock and key)… In the absence of tangible documentation, Greene has enlisted Sheil as both a physical representation of Chubbuck and a cinematic cipher for the reimagining of her psychology…

As Sheil immerses herself in the role, her own misgivings about the responsibility of her performance… begin to take a noticeable toll, though it’s never quite clear if what we’re witnessing is Kate playing Christine, or Kate playing Kate playing Christine, or simply Kate herself.

By burrowing past the more sensational aspects of Chubbuck’s story to the more troubling nuances of her psyche (and how those same feelings can manifest in any one of us), Greene and Sheil have fashioned a more holistic and sympathetic portrait of Chubbuck than any straight fiction could ever hope to.” — Jordan Cronk, Sight & Sound