01 Jul. - 10 Aug. 2012

A thought of Sligo - Yeats on Film: Yeats Country - W.B. Yeats Nobel Prize Film - Kevin Murray Collection Reel No. 79 - Bat Eyes - Yeats Sligo and Me

A thought of Sligo – Yeats on Film

Bat Eyes

‘Tread Softly’…a Season of Yeats Festival.

This programme is presented in collaboration with the Irish Film Institute and is drawn from the collections of the IFI National Irish Film Archive.

Wednesday, Aug. 01 at 6pm
Wednesday, Aug. 08 at 6pm

€4 admission price

Yeats Country

Directed by Patrick Carey, 1965, 18 mins

Yeats Country was the first film that Patrick Carey (1916 – 1994) directed in Ireland. Made for the Department of External Affairs, it won many awards, including the ‘Golden Bear’ in Berlin, and awards also in Chicago, Barcelona, and Santa Barbara and finally an Academy Award nomination the following year (1966). An ambitious work, Carey uses direct quotations from W.B. Yeats’ writing to illustrate the countryside that he knew and loved so much.

W.B. Yeats: Nobel Prize Film

Footage of W.B. Yeats in Sweden on receipt of the Nobel Prize for literature in 1923.

Director: Kevin Murray

Footage of the funeral of W.B.Yeats in 1948, at Drumcliff Graveyard.

Bat Eyes
Directed by Damian Power, 2012, 11 mins

A short film inspired by W.B.Yeats’ poem, ‘When you are old and grey’; 24- year old Adam is having his eyes tested at the optometrist for the first time. As the eye chart blurs in front of him, he is struck by the memory of a high school English class when he cruelly mocked a shortsighted classmate, Jenny “Bat Eyes” Barrett.

Yeats, Sligo and Me
Directed by Sinéad Dolan, Loch Bó Films, 2012, 15 mins.

Set in contemporary Sligo and using lines from Yeats’ poetry this short film depicts a modern Sligo where Yeats’ legacy is firmly ingrained in the people and places. It engages local communities and highlights the links between W.B. Yeats and contemporary Sligo.


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