Thomas is a 55-year-old Irish farmer who lives and works the farm of his ancestors. Threadbare clothes, self-cut hair and tough, weathered hands reveal a life of land and toil. His next door neighbour is the world’s largest manufacturer of computer microchips; their site is almost fully developed and rumours abound that more land is required for expansion.
Thomas refuses all approaches to sell his farm but finds his world in turmoil as forces conspire to remove him. After he fails in a court action to overturn the compulsory purchase of his house and lands, we follow him to the final court of appeal where he stands on the brink of losing everything.
What begins as a story of one man’s struggle to hold on to his way of life and land, transforms into a universal exploration of a battle between principle and power.
“The Lonely Battle... is a beautiful, intriguing illustration of the encroachment of industrial mono-culture on Irish ways of life and the dignity of simply saying no.” - Conor Smyth, The Thin Air
Director: Feargal Ward
Duration: 76 mins
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Doors Open: 8:00pm
Commences At: 8:30pm
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