A DOCUMENTARY recording the environmental and human toll of Donald Trump’s golf development in Aberdeenshire will receive nationwide television coverage this Sunday.
The multi award-winning ‘You’ve Been Trumped’, by Montrose film-maker Anthony Baxter, will be screened on BBC Two at 10pm. Although the film has played to packed cinema audiences across the country and won many accolades at film festivals around the world, this will be its first television screening.
During the course of making the documentary Mr Baxter and his producer Richard Phinney faced criminal charges when Grampian police arrested them and confiscated their camera equipment after Mr Trump’s green keeper was interviewed about the cutting off of water supplies to local residents, including an 86-year-old woman.
The National Union of Journalists backed the film-makers and called the arrests a “violent” and “blatant example of police interference aimed at stopping bona fide journalists from doing their job.” The charges were finally dropped and an apology made by Grampian police after an internal investigation.
Mr Baxter this week said: “After all that we have gone through I can’t quite believe its happening. It has been an amazing journey.”
You’ve Been Trumped tells the story of the extraordinary confrontation between the property tycoon and a tightly-knit community of Scottish residents following the controversial approval of the Trump development by the Scottish Government. The golf course was built on a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) after the Scottish Government decided the “economic benefits outweighed any environmental concerns.”
‘You’ve Been Trumped’, which Mr Trump branded “a failure”, has since has so far won 10 awards, played in 17 countries, been translated into Chinese, Romanian, Finnish, Czech, Polish and Greek and has found its way into classrooms in Scotland and Canada and Italy.
American documentary maker Michael Moore said he was “blown away by the film” and invited it to his Traverse City Film Festival where it won the Special Jury Prize. Alec Baldwin, chairman of the Hamptons International Film Festival in New York, awarded the film the prestigious Victor Rabinowitz Social Justice Award, named after one of America’s leading civil rights lawyers.
While ‘You’ve Been Trumped’ played in 15 towns and cities across Scotland, including sold-out showings in Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh and Glasgow, the BBC Two broadcast will be the best chance for many in the rest of the United Kingdom to see the film.
Mr Baxter added: “As the response to You’ve Been Trumped around the world shows, this is not just a Scottish story.
“The land sacrificed for this development was part of Britain’s natural heritage, and I believe the issues raised in the film are critically important to environmental and planning debates across the UK.”