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Irish Feature Doc Premiering in IDFA Main Competition
24 Oct 2017 :
‘The Lonely Battle of Thomas Reid’, a new feature documentary by Feargal Ward will have its World Premiere on Saturday November 18th, screening in the Main Competition at the prestigious IDFA (International Documentary Festival Amsterdam).

The world's leading documentary festival celebrates its 30th edition from November 15th-26th, having been a showcase for the outstanding features and shorts from the global documentary community for a generation.

The film tells the story of Thomas Reid, a Co. Kildare farmer who fought an epic legal battle against the Irish state. When his farm in Leixlip was the subject of a Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO) by the Industrial Development Authority (IDA), Thomas decided to risk everything by challenging the state body in a battle through the courts.

The film presents a unique insight into his struggle to hold on to his lands and home in the face of considerable odds.

The film is edited and sound designed by Tadhg O’Sullivan (Song of Granite, The Great Wall, Silence) and produced by Luke McManus (I Am Immigrant, Arkle).

The film was funded by the Irish Film Board and executive produced by Mary Callery and Dearbhla Regan.

Barbara Biemann (Citizenfour) of German TV station NDR joined the film as co-producer at the 2017 Sheffield Doc/Fest Meetmarket, where scenes from the film screened as a work in progress.

Director Feargal Ward said:

“It’s great to have the opportunity to bring this film to IDFA and to introduce Thomas Reid’s story to a wider audience. The subject matter at the centre of this film - the extent to which the State will go to facilitate the interests of global corporations -  is both an important issue of our time and of this country; and one I was instantly drawn to explore.”

Producer Luke McManus said:

“I’ve been a fan of Feargal Ward and Tadhg O’Sullivan’s distinctive, unusual filmmaking voice for years. The combination of Feargal’s stunning cinematography with Tadhg’s powerful sense of atmosphere and accomplished sound design reinforces the immersive, hypnotic qualities of the film. Being part of the Main Competition at IDFA is hugely exciting for the film and we are thrilled to be part of this excellent festival as the film begins its journey out into the world.”

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