MONTROSE Films’ multi-award winning ‘You’ve Been Trumped’ - now the highest rated British feature documentary ever - had a unique double bill pairing with the iconic Scottish feature film ‘Local Hero’ last weekend.
The double bill saw tycoon and reality TV star Donald Trump go head-to-head with his fictional counterpart played by Burt Lancaster in a screening that created a major buzz in San Francisco, with the leading newspaper featuring it on the front page of its weekend arts section.
‘You’ve Been Trumped’ – which tells the real life story of Donald Trump’s troubled golf course development north of Aberdeen – has just picked up its ninth major award, for Best Environmental Film, at the Sedona International Film Festival, Arizona.
And according to IMDb, Hollywood’s internet’s movie bible, ‘You’ve Been Trumped’ is now the highest rated British documentary feature ever made – with an audience approval rating of 8.8.
The director of San Francisco’s Green Film Festival, Rachel Caplan, cut her teeth at Edinburgh’s International Film Festival, which faced widespread criticism for snubbing ‘You’ve Been Trumped’.
“It’s a real life ‘Local Hero’,” said Caplan. “Except instead of Burt Lancaster, you have Donald Trump, at the very same part of Scotland where ‘Local Hero’ was filmed.
While ‘You’ve Been Trumped’ is screened in San Francisco with the Bill Forsyth classic, it will also be debuting at Bristol’s Cube Cinema and in the Isle of Lewis, where Donald Trump’s mother hailed from.
Director Anthony Baxter, who is in San Francisco for the city’s Green Film Festival will also be conducting a question and answer session via satellite with the audience at An Lanntair Arts Centre in Stornoway.
Mr Baxter said: “Sometimes truth is stranger than fiction. After what he has done to the environment in Aberdeenshire, who would have thought Donald Trump would be lambasting the Scottish Government for ‘destroying Scotland’s coastline’ with offshore windmills?
“We are immensely honoured to be playing with ‘Local Hero’, which was an inspiration to me in making ‘You’ve Been Trumped’.”
After San Francisco, ‘You’ve Been Trumped’ will be going on to the Miami International Film Festival, before opening the Washington DC Environmental Film Festival next month.
The latest chapter in the saga of Mr Trump and wind turbines is that he has declared that if Scotland goes ahead with its current programme of renewable energy, the country will be bankrupted.
He has been invited to give evidence to MSPs on the Scottish Parliament’s Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee and replied: “I look forward to testifying and helping Scotland save itself from this madness.”