Jessie Buckley

Celebrated actress Jessie Buckley meets with Ian Rickson on the stage of her local theatre, the Hackney Empire in East London, to discuss her fascinating cultural inspirations: a stunning rendition of the contemporary Georgian Christmas song ’Tsiskris Alilo’ by vocal group Ensemble Basiani, which Jessie stumbled across on social media; Leox Carax’s wild Parisian love story ‘Les Amants du Pont-Neuf’, starring Juliette Binoche and Denis Lavant; and the mysticism and mythology in WB Yeats’ masterful sonnet, ‘Leda and the Swan’.

‘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:

‘Tsiskris Alilo’ by Vakhtang Kakhidze, as performed by Ensemble Basiani on the YouTube channel Chelo Brat (

‘Les Amants du Pont-Neuf’ - dir. Leos Carax; prod. by Films A2, Gaumont International and Les Film Christian Fechner

‘Leda and the Swan’ by WB Yeats

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