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A BIZARRE AND ul­ti­mately dis­taste­ful documentary de­tail­ing in­die dar­ling kate lyn Sheil pre­par­ing to play Chris­tine Chub­buck — a de­pressed jour­nal­ist who took her own life on live tele­vi­sion in 1974. The first half, which shows the details Sheil se­lects to build her char­ac­ter­i­sa­tion, is gen­uinely in­ter­est­ing. But in the sec­ond, which in­cludes poorly shot scenes of Sheil play­ing Chub­buck in the mo­ments be­fore her death, the film­mak­ers at­tempt to use a real tragedy as flimsy scaffolding for an ar­gu­ment about the ethics. What they seem have missed is, given this project to play Chub­buck only ex­ists for this documentary, they’re just as guilty of ex­ploit­ing the sui­cide as the me­dia and view­ers they’re chastis­ing.

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