Rebecca Hall delivers a haunting performance as a troubled journalist in this intense, resonant drama drawn from an actual 1975 incident that shocked the nation. A reporter for a struggling Sarasota, FL, TV station, socially awkward 29-year-old Christine Chubbuck suffers from crippling social anxiety, mysterious stomach pains, and a secret crush on affable anchor George (Michael C. Hall). But what really vexes her is station manager Michael’s (Tracy Letts) new directive, adopting the newly fashionable “if it bleeds, it leads” approach to the news and abandoning the civic-minded stories on which Christine thrives. Director Antonio Campos vividly recreates the mid-‘70s milieu from the soft-rock songs that Christine favors to transactional analysis. Hall receives terrific support from Michael C. Hall, Letts, theater legend John Cullum as the station’s owner, and J. Cameron-Smith as Christine’s worried mother. But this is Christine’s story, and Hall seizes the role with ferocious, heartbreaking, and unforgettable intensity.
Guest in attendance 10/15: Craig Shilowich (writer)