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TRIBECA TV 57 Minutes World Premiere
Twenty-two-year-old Tess moves to New York City, aiming to pursue a new life. When she interviews for, and lands, a position at one of the best restaurants in the city, she thinks she’s found a steady income and a safe place to wait. But, as she tastes expensive wine, explores dive bars, and learns who she can trust, Tess is quickly intoxicated by the chaotic, adrenalized world that lurks just beneath the restaurant’s sheen. Sweetbitter illuminates the sensory journey of developing a palate—of how the sweet, sour, salt, bitter, and umami threaten and complement each other as they teach the mouth to taste.

After the screening: A conversation with Sweetbitter creator, executive producer, and writer Stephanie Danler, showrunner Stuart Zicherman, and cast-members Ella Purnell, Caitlin FitzGerald, Tom Sturridge, and Paul Sparks. Moderated by Katie Couric.
New York, Drama

Stephanie Danler

Stephanie Danler is the author of the internationally best-selling novel Sweetbitter. She is currently based in Los Angeles, California, and at work on a book of non-fiction.

Tom Sturridge

Paul Sparks

On May 6, Sparks will appear in the Starz series Sweetbitter, based on the NYT best seller. Recently, he appeared on stage in Edward Albee’s At Home at the Zoo: Homelife & the Zoo Story. Earlier this year, Sparks starred in the series, Waco, for the Paramount network. Additional credits include: Thoroughbreds, The Greatest Showman, Midnight Special, Mud, The Crown, House of Cards (Emmy Award nomination), The Girlfriend Experience, The Night Of, and Boardwalk Empire (SAG Award Winner-Best Ensemble). Paul’s distinguished work on stage has also earned him five Drama Desk Awards nominations.

Ella Purnell

Ella Purnell will next star as the lead of Starz’s new series Sweetbitter adapted from the best-selling novel by Stephanie Danler. She also can be seen in BBC One’s three-part adaptation of Agatha Christie’s novel Ordeal By Innocence. Purnell’s additional credits include Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children for Tim Burton, Never Let Me Go, Maleficent, Kick-Ass 2, and Intruders. On stage, Purnell recently starred in Natives, a play directed by Rob Drummer at the Southwark Playhouse in London.

Stu Zicherman

Caitlin Fitzgerald

Caitlin can next be seen starring in Starz's Sweetbitter as Simone. She can currently be seen on UnREAL as Serena, the bachelorette. Caitlin is known for her role on Masters of Sex. Her past film credits include It's Complicated, Taking Woodstock, and Adult Beginners. Her past television credits include Gossip Girl, How to Make it in America, and Law & Order: SVU.

Katie Couric

Katie Couric is an award-winning journalist, Stand Up to Cancer (SU2C) co-founder and New York Times best-selling author. Couric's documentaries include: Gender Revolution: A Journey with Katie Couric, for National Geographic; Under the Gun, which aired on EPIX; and Fed Up, available on Netflix. Couric’s six-part documentary series, America Inside Out, airs Wednesdays on National Geographic through May 16. Couric joined CBS as the first woman at the helm of an evening news cast after a 15-year run as co-anchor of NBC’s Today Show. Her awards include a duPont-Columbia, Peabody, two Edward R. Murrows, a Walter Cronkite Award, and multiple Emmys.

Film Info
Cast & Credits
  • Network:
  • Showrunner/Executive Producer:
    Stuart Zicherman
  • Executive Producer:
    Stephanie Danler, Stuart Zicherman, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Sarah Esberg, Richard Shepard
  • Cast:
    Ella Purnell, Tom Sturridge, Caitlin FitzGerald, Paul Sparks, Evan Jonigkeit, Eden Epstein



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