The story of Christine Chubbuck is a dark one — a TV anchor who’s struggling at work, at home, and in her love life. In a new interview from Sundance, director Antonio Campos and Rebecca Hall explain the ‘perfect storm of events’ that lead up to the heartbreaking ending in ‘Christine.’
Rebecca Hall portrays Christin Chubbuck, the TV anchor from Florida, who rose to fame in 1974 when she committed suicide during a live TV broadcast. However, Rebecca, her director Antonio Campos and co star Michael C. Hall feel that while Christine is “tragic,” it hopefully has something that can help others.
“It’s about a young ambitious journalist… it’s kind of the perfect storm of events happening in her personal, professional life that kind of lead to this very tragic ending,” Antonio Campos said in a sit down interview at the Sundance Film Festival in Utah on Jan. 24.
Rebecca Hall, who plays the main character also chimed in about the impact she hopes it has on others who are quick to judge. “I think the takeaway is to try and empathize with someone who does something that we think of as unthinkable and some people would even think of as unforgivable,” she said. “If we can empathize with that, then I don’t know, it contributes a little bit of how we view people.”
She also revealed that maybe it will encourage others to really get the help they need — maybe those who are too afraid to ask.
“If somebody can watch it and say, ‘Oh I relate to this; maybe I can seek the right kind of help and ask for help in a way that Christine couldn’t,’ then that’s where the substance of it is,” she said. And we have to agree — the film is beyond powerful and could easily change someone’s life.