Friday, September 16, 2016
TIFF Talk 2016: Topher, "Christine"
The Film: Christine (USA)
What's it about?
[It's the true story about Christine Chubbuck (Rebecca Hall) -- a troubled Florida news reporter who committed suicide on live TV in 1974.]
Did you like it?
It was really well done. I actually work in the news industry so I thought it was very interesting. [Christine suffered from depression and shot herself in the head during a live broadcast. She deplored sensationalism.] There's a line in the movie: "If it bleeds, it leads." As a photographer, it kind of sucks because I know that's partly the truth. Sometimes you want to report good things in the news, but most viewers just want to click on gruesome stuff. If more people wanted happy stories, we'd give them happy stories.
Like Christine, I don't think the news should be sensationalized and I believe a lot of people in the industry feel the same.
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