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FSE Films' 'The Lonely Battle of Thomas Reid' Wins Best Irish Film At Dublin Critics' Circle Awards
05 Mar 2018 : Nathan Griffin
FSE Films’ feature documentary, which tells the story of Thomas Reid, the farmer whose lands beside the Intel factory in Leixlip became the subject of a compulsory purchase order by the IDA, has won the Dublin Critics' Circle award for Best Irish Film.

Directed by Fergal Ward and produced by Luke McManus, ‘The Lonely Battle of Thomas Reid’ has enjoyed a great festival run since its world premiere at the International Documentary Filmfestival Amsterdam back in November. The film also took part in the ‘Doc for Sale’ market while in Amsterdam.

Speaking about the Dublin Critics’ Circle Award, Producer Luke McManus said:

"This important story has been told with great dedication, vision and skill by director Feargal Ward, who shot the entire film himself to an amazingly high standard. The Lonely Battle Of Thomas Reid s the latest chapter in Feargal's powerful creative partnership with editor and sound designer Tadhg O'Sullivan.

"Irish documentary is in a great place at the moment - I was impressed with the quality and creativity of the Irish docs that I saw at ADIFF so to be singled out by the Dublin Critics Circle was tremendous. To be chosen as the Best Irish Film above both the Irish docs and dramas was really wonderful. Many thanks to the Dublin Critics Circle and also to Gráinne Humphreys, ADIFF's director for programming the film."

Director Feargal Ward added: 

"I'd really like to thank Tadhg O'Sullivan who contributed so much to this project. Anybody familiar with his work will easily spot his poetic influence throughout this film. I would also like to thank Sarah Dillon in the Irish Film Board who has been a huge champion of the kind of films that myself and Tadhg have been making these last years. We really are indebted to her and the great staff in the IFB."

‘The Lonely Battle of Thomas Reid’ tells the story of Thomas Reid, a Co. Kildare farmer who, for years, has been locked in a gruelling battle with the IDA for ownership of his farm, which is directly beside U.S. microchip manufacturer, Intel. 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 is directed by Feargal Ward, produced by Luke McManus of FSE Films, DOP is Feargal Ward, and the film’s sound design and editing was done by Tadhg O’Sullivan.




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