Ben Whishaw

On the darkened stage of the locked-down Harold Pinter Theatre in London’s West End, Ian Rickson meets with Bafta and Golden Globe-winning actor Ben Whishaw, in July 2020. They discuss pioneering American independent director John Cassavetes’ 1984 film ‘Love Streams’; Joy Williams’ moving and mysterious short story ‘Chaunt’; and the solace offered to teenage Ben within the original and demo versions of 'The Garden' by PJ Harvey. More details follow below.

‘What I Love’ is created and hosted by Ian Rickson. The theme music is by PJ Harvey. Sound recording by James Hingley. Photography by Helen Murray. Series Producer Ben Walker. Executive Producer Robert Delamere. Produced for Storyglass by Sarah Murray.

Works discussed:

‘Love Streams’ – dir. John Cassavetes; prod. Cannon Films

‘Chaunt’ by Joy Williams, first published in the New Yorker (

'The Garden - demo' by PJ Harvey (Island Records)

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