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Shana Feste & Effie T. Brown Interview: Run Sweetheart Run

WARNING: This article contains spoilers for the movie Run Sweetheart Run and includes mentions of sexual assault.As of October 28, Run Sweetheart Run has become available to stream on Prime Video. However, the horror-thriller is not the average spooky watch. Despite combining several different fictitious elements, much of what Cherie experiences is all too real. In fact, Run Sweetheart Run was inspired by the real-life horrors that women—specifically women of color—are forced to endure.

Shana Feste serves as a writer and director for the film, with some of her other notable projects being Boundaries and Endless Love. Producer Effie T. Brown is known for her work on Dear White People, Zombies, and several other film and television productions. The cast of Run Sweetheart Run includes Ella Balinska, Shohreh Aghdashloo, Pilou Asbæk, Clark Gregg, Aml Ameen, Dayo Okeniyi, and Betsy Brandt.

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Writer-director Shana Feste and producer Effie T. Brown chat with Screen Rant about the sad reality of Cherie’s traumatic experience.

Screen Rant: I wanted to start off by asking about that door scene twenty minutes in. She goes in thinking everything’s going to be fine, and then about a minute or two later, she comes out. There’s a completely different vibe, it’s a completely different mood…why did you decide to do that kind of reveal?

I was going to ask you about that as well because there are a few instances when we see him holding the camera, but at the end of the movie, we see her take the camera into her own hands. I’m sure there were a few, but what was the main message behind that for both of you?

Parts of it are supernatural, but there was a lot of realness to this. After she’s abused, she’s immediately arrested for public intoxication. Was that all part of it as well? Did you want to get this message out there and tell that story?

Initially apprehensive when her boss insists she meet with one of his most important clients, single mom Cherie (Ella Balinska) is relieved and excited when she meets charismatic Ethan (Pilou Asbæk). The influential businessman defies expectations and sweeps Cherie off her feet. But at the end of the night, when the two are alone together, he reveals his true, violent nature. Battered and terrified, she flees for her life, beginning a relentless game of cat-and-mouse with a blood-thirsty assailant hell-bent on her utter destruction. In this edge-of-your-seat dark thriller, Cherie finds herself in the crosshairs of a conspiracy stranger and more evil than she could have ever imagined.

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Run Sweetheart Run launches globally on Prime Video October 28.

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