Plus Q&A with director Maurice Sweeney hosted by the Irish Ambassador to the UK, His Excellency Dan Mulhall
8pm, Regent Street Cinema, W1B 2UW
2012 / 55 mins / Dir: Maurice Sweeney / 
This fascinating documentary explores the unknown history of one of Ireland’s most renowned literary geniuses, regarded as the poet laureate of the new nation, William Butler Yeats. Described as a modern interpretation of Yeats’ life, and providing a chance for the general public to reawaken the interest in Yeats, it focuses on the poet’s later work and the themes that inspired him as an ageing man.
The line “no country for old men” is taken from the poem Sailing To Byzantium from Yeats’ 1928 collection, The Tower.
This screening comes at the end of ‘Yeats 2015’, the year-long celebration of the 150th anniversary of the birth of WB Yeats. www.yeats2015.com
“In looking at Yeats’ later life and work, the film reveals a very different Yeats to the poet we learnt about in school.” www.entertainment.ie
“eloquent insights and witty observations” The Irish Independent
The screening will be accompanied by shorts from the US-Ireland Alliance project “Teaching High School Students About Irish poet W.B. Yeats”, which features readings from Sarah Bolger, Elaine Cassidy, Dermot Crowley, Adrian Dunbar, and Dearbhla Molloy.
The US-Ireland Alliance is a proactive, non-partisan, non-profit organization dedicated to consolidating existing relations between the United States and the island of Ireland and building that relationship for the future. The organization connects current and emerging Irish and American leaders in various spheres, including education, politics, business and the arts, for the mutual benefit of both countries.
We'd like to thank Trina Vargo for her help in coordinating access to these exclusive shorts, and to wish her all the best for the project.
Tickets £11 full price | £10 concession | £7 University of Westminster staff
Tickets available from: www.regentstreetcinema.com
Tel: 020 7911 5050