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Christine Chubbuck Death Hounds Sundance Films On Reporter’s Death

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Forty years after she killed herself on a live television broadcast, Christine Chubbuck is still causing some controversies as two different movies decided to feature her life before she committed suicide.

Chubbuck committed suicide on July 15, 1974, during her last on-air broadcast. She was a morning host of Sun Coast Digest on WXLT in Sarasota, Florida.

Christine by Antonio Campos, which will star British actress Rebecca Hall, and Kate Plays Christine by Robert Greene will both try to shed some light to the controversial act made by the late journalist and why her life ended the way it did.

According to People, the plot of Christine will present the news woman?s final days, while the Kate Plays Christine will show the preparations made by Kate Lyn Sheil for the role of the 5-foot-11-inch brunette in the upcoming movie. Both films will be featured at the Sundance Film Festival. The two films are not the first ones inspired by the case of Chubbuck. Back in 1976, there was also a film entitled Network that featured the tragic tale with Faye Dunaway taking on the starring role of Chubbuck.

However, despite both movies getting positive reviews especially the one done by Campos, Chubbuck?s brother, Greg, said that he is not going to watch either of the movies. According to Greg, ?nobody wants to know how Christine Chubbuck was? and that the directors will only ?sensationalize what happened at the end of her life.? Plus, ?a public suicide is not a source of joy for a family,? he concluded. Meanwhile, Chubbuck?s ?other brother, Tim, said in a report from News.com.au that he thinks the movies will be a ?culmination of a lot of things.?

Before Chubbuck fatally shot herself on live television, these were her final words:

?In keeping with Channel 40?s policy of bringing you the latest in blood and guts and in living color, you are going to see another first: An attempted suicide.?

She then pulled out a .38 caliber revolver from a grocery bag under her desk, pointed the gun to her right temple near the ear and pulled the trigger even before the screen was cut to black. Although she was immediately rushed to the hospital, she died 15 hours later. The suicide of Chubbuck was the very first on-air suicide in the United States history.

The journalist?s family had asked for all clips of her tragic death to be destroyed.

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