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The Lonely Battle of Thomas Reid (2017)

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Thomas Reid lives a solitary life on the fringes of mainstream society. But beyond the walls of his 18th century farm looms a vast American factory - vital to the national economy but long an unsettling presence in Thomas' life. Suspicious of intrusion, Thomas doesn't welcome the State agents who come to forcibly purchase his house and lands. He vows to resist. Set against the backdrop of the landmark Supreme Court legal action between Kildare farmer Thomas Reid and IDA Ireland over their attempt to compulsorily purchase his farm, The Lonely Battle of Thomas Reid harnesses the immersive power of cinema, creating a multilayered psychological portrait of this fascinating individual and his experience; of the country that houses him, and the State that seeks to evict him.

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Critic Reviews for The Lonely Battle of Thomas Reid

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He's a unique character, but what makes it such a hypnotic and mesmerising documentary is the way it's so delicately constructed.

October 31, 2018 | Full Review…

The Lonely Battle of Thomas Reid - one man who simply wants to stay in his house and in his fields - is in sum a fascinating portrait of a determined son of the land.

October 25, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

With The Lonely Battle of Thomas Reid, Irish director Feargal Ward has crafted one of the most unique and, perhaps, indefinable pieces of cinema this year.

October 22, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

There's an ageless, timeless quality to the rhythms and routines of life on Thomas Reid's cattle farm.

October 22, 2018 | Full Review…

Ward's picture remains unconditionally besotted with this stubborn, brave rebel of the old school.

October 22, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Through Reid, radio extracts and re-enactments the documentary paints a good picture of the life he is defending, of the foes he fought and how. And it raises issues about values that need to be discussed now more than ever.

October 22, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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