Irish film Thomas Reid wins Best Documentary at London Irish Film Awards
Feargal Ward’s critically acclaimed The Lonely Battle of Thomas Reid, has won the Best Documentary prize at the London Irish Film Awards.
Still running in Irish cinemas, the film opens in theatres in Castlebar, Donegal and Belfast over the coming weeks. It centres on farmer Thomas Reid who after refusing to sell his land to IDA Ireland was hit with a Compulsory Purchase Order, a right by statutory bodies to acquire property without the consent of the owner if it is for the public’s greater good. The documentary follows the quiet Reid as he fights alone to protect his land in the courts.
Director Feargal Ward in a statement said: “I’d like to thank the Irish Film Festival London for this award. We’re really pleased to be part of this year’s festival and to be screening at Bertha Dochouse for the week. The response to the film so far has exceeded our expectations – we’re looking forward to showing the doc in London and seeing what people make of it there.”
Producer Luke McManus added: “Accepting this award in a room packed full of Irish talent made us realize the growing strength of the Irish film community in London. It was a privilege to be selected from such a strong field of Irish documentaries this year, it is an incredible time for Irish documentary so this award really means a lot.”