DAVID V GOLIATH The quiet and gentle bachelor Thomas Reid, whose cattle farm became the subject of a very public Supreme Court battle.
Award-winning Irish film ‘The Lonely Battle of Thomas Reid’ will be screened for one week only at Mayo Movie World, Castlebar, starting this Friday, November 16.
Two modern-day Irelands dramatically collide in Feargal Ward’s critically acclaimed Irish film, which is based on a true story and has been dubbed ‘John B Keane’s The Field for the 21st century’. The Sunday Post has awarded the film five stars, while The Irish Times described it as ‘fascinating, beautiful, extraordinary’ and an RTÉ review said, ‘exceptional … genius … very special’.
Set against the backdrop of the 2016 Supreme Court legal action between Kildare farmer Thomas Reid and IDA Ireland over their attempt to seize his farm for a multinational company using a Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO), the film is a searching examination of the tension between a high-tech, low-tax globalised Ireland and the right of an individual citizen to continue living and working the lands of his ancestors.
‘The Lonely Battle of Thomas Reid’ was named the Dublin Film Critics Circle’s Best Irish Film at this year’s Dublin International Film Festival Awards, and it has been widely praised at some of the biggest documentary film festivals around the world, including IDFA Amsterdam, HotDocs Toronto and Sheffield DocFest.
Since the film’s release it has enjoyed sold-out screenings in cinemas in Dublin, Offaly and Kildare, and now it is coming to Mayo, a county where its themes – a man’s passionate love of the land and his rebellion against powerful forces threatening him with eviction – are highly resonant.