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Based on real-life events, Reality explores whistleblowing in the wake of the 2016 election

Reality Winner used to work as an intelligence specialist but has since moved on with her life. On June 3rd, 2017, FBI agents arrive at her home to interrogate her in connection with the leaking of classified documents. Under intense scrutiny, Reality is trapped in her own house. The agents are looking for information about an intelligence leak that implied Russian interference with the 2016 presidential election and Reality Winner is at the heart of their search.

Reality streaming: where to watch online?

Currently you are able to watch "Reality" streaming on Max, HBO Max, Max Amazon Channel.

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What to know

Reality turns an FBI interrogation transcript into an HBO political drama

Reality is a drama movie based on the play Is This A Room by Tina Satter who returns to write and direct the movie in her filmmaking debut. The movie is based on an FBI interrogation transcript and includes dialogue directly taken from the transcript itself. The movie is an HBO Original and is distributed by streaming service Max.

Sydney Sweeney takes the titular role of Reality Winner. Sweeney is known for her previous roles in the movie Once Upon a Time in Hollywood as well as television shows The White Lotus and Euphoria. She is joined in the cast by Marchant Davis who plays R. Wallace Taylor and Josh Hamilton who plays Justin C. Garrick, the two agents interrogating her. Reality is set to release on streaming service Max. It was released on Max on May 29th, 2023. You can keep up with the latest streaming news about Reality Winner here on JustWatch. We’ll let you know what your streaming options are, where you can watch it online legally for free, and when the movie is available in 4k.

Production News

June 8, 2022

A movie adaptation of Tina Satter’s stage play is confirmed to be in the works with Sydney Sweeney and Marchant Davis announced to be starring. (Source: Deadline)

March 9, 2023

The movie has an international premiere at the Berlinale Film Festival. It is screened in the Panorama section and reviewed positively with special attention given to the performance of Sydney Sweeney. (Source: Variety)

April 19, 2023

The first teaser for the movie is released online. It confirms that Reality will premiere on the streaming service Max on May 29th, 2023. The teaser gives a glimpse of the understated performance of Sydney Sweeney in the main role. (Source: YouTube)

May 11, 2023

A full-length trailer for the movie is released. It shows an unwitting Reality Winner having her home raided and subtle threats from the intelligence agents tasked with interrogating her. (Source: YouTube)

May 29, 2023

Reality was released on streaming service Max. (Source: Max)




1h 23min


Sydney Sweeney
Reality Winner
Josh Hamilton
Special Agent Garrick
Marchánt Davis
Special Agent Taylor
John Way
FBI Agent
Reality Winner
Self (archive footage)
Tucker Carlson
Self (archive footage)

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