The IFI celebrates the 150th anniversary of the birth of WB Yeats (on June 13 1865) with Images from a Past Life: W.B Yeats on Film, a programme which includes a screening of a biographical ‘film poem’ from Alan Gilsenan.

On Yeats Day June 13 at 2.00pm, the IFI will present Alan Gilsenan’s experimental ‘film-poem’ A Vision: A Life of W.B Yeats.

“Using solely the words of Yeats, the film takes the viewer on a cinematic journey into his extraordinary imagination, “says Gilsenan, who describes it as an unconventional biography.  

 “In so many ways, Yeats dreamt up his life. He fashioned his own majestic screenplay and we are – endlessly – the beneficiaries.” Gilsenan will be present at the special screening.

 A series of short film programmes will also run throughout the month, in the IFI’s Free Archive at Lunchtime strand. There are four programmes of old and new Yeats-related films from the IFI Irish Film Archive. Alternating screenings run on Mondays and Wednesday lunchtimes, with double-bills on Saturdays (for details and times see

 Tickets for the June 13 screening of A Vision: A Life of W.B. Yeats are available at the IFI Box Office on 01 679 5744 or online at at normal IFI prices.

Tickets for the Archive at Lunchtime screenings are free but can be reserved at the IFI Box Office in person.