Having heard and then read about the tragic way, news reporter Christine Chubbuck had committed suicide live on air while reporting the news in 1974, I was interested in watching this film and seeing how she had come to the end of her tether and decided that life was no longer for her.
Christine was a 29 year old television reporter who wanted to bring people the real news and not what the station wanted her to put out there just for ratings. She is constantly at log a heads with her boss who wants her to do pieces on crime and not human interest pieces. She begins to fall for one of her co-workers who she later finds out is dating someone else in the station.
Christine starts experiencing stomach pains and after visiting the doctor, she learns she has to have an ovary removed which will reduce her likelihood of having children along with the fact she is still a virgin and has never had a boyfriend in her adulthood.
The owner of the station comes to search for talent he can take and set up a new station in Baltimore. She is so eager to please her boss and get the opportunity to move to Baltimore that she goes and buys a police scanner and listens to it in hopes to get grittier stories. She is asked out to dinner by the co-worker that she has a crush on and accepts. They talk about one an another's insecurities and they then head to a self-help group that her co-worker attends because he wants to help her.
The co-worker drives her home after the self-help group and before she exits the car he tells her that he has been offered the job at Baltimore. She sits there in silence for a few minutes and then exits the car. She gets in to her car and drives to the boss's house and talks to him about the job in Baltimore and that she knows the co-worker got the job and asks if there is still room for her. The boss tells her that the co-worker had already asked for someone else to attend with him, the women he is dating who reads the sports.
The next day she arrives at work and asks her manager if it is okay for her to read a piece and a few minutes of talk about it he agrees and she goes to get ready to go live on air. She starts to read the piece which includes a video bit, however the video gets jammed and she is asked to just carry on reading. She then goes on to tell the viewers that they are about to see a live suicide attempt and she pulls out a gun a shots her self behind the ear. Her manager at first believes it is all a joke but quickly realise it is real and call an ambulance.
She is taken to the hospital where she dies 14 hours after the incident. The manager finds the script that Christine was reading from when she had shot her self and it was all written on the script, and it also had what she wanted them to say to the press, "TV 40 news personality Christine Chubbuck shot herself in a live broadcast this morning on a Channel 40 talk program. She was rushed to Sarasota Memorial Hospital, where she remains in critical condition."
This film brings to light the effects of depression and how some individuals struggle everyday with it. The struggle they face on a daily basis and how some believe there is no hope and have only one way out. It is a great story with heart and not just focusing on the event that the film is based on. The back story, although unsure if it is true to her real circumstances, shows us that people just want to be loved.
I highly recommend this film. The cast are great, Rebecca Hall won 3 awards for her portrayal of Christine Chubbuck.