Chiwetel Ejiofor

Bafta-winning and Oscar-nominated actor Chiwetel Ejiofor meets Ian Rickson on the empty locked-down stage of the Young Vic theatre in London in July 2020. They discuss the deep resonance of Michael Kiwanuka’s soulful song ‘Love & Hate’; Bernardo Bertolucci’s 1970 expressionist political drama ‘Il Conformista’, a film which profoundly altered Chiwetel’s relationship with cinema, and inspired him in making his own directorial debut; and Leonard Cohen’s haunting, wise and romantic poem ‘Recitation’.

‘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 & Hate’, by Michael Kiwanuka (Polydor)

‘Il Conformista’ - dir. Bernardo Bertolucci; prod. Mars Film, Marianne Productions and Maran Films

‘Recitation’ by Leonard Cohen as read on his album 'Live In London' on Columbia Records

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