a DOCUMENTARY by a Montrose film-maker has achieved top ranking on an internet movie database after being branded “a failure” by its subject.
Property tycoon Donald Trump slammed the feature, ‘You’ve Been Trumped’, which follows the development of his multi-million pound golf development on the Menie Estate in Aberdeenshire.
The film has so far won 10 awards at film festivals worldwide, and was shown at Holyrood last week, receiving a standing ovation the day before Mr Trump addressed the Scottish Parliament’s Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee about the government’s wind power policy which he strenuously opposes.
Since then ‘You’ve Been Trumped’ has soared to the top of the documentary rankings on the Internet Movie Database (IMDb) with a rating of 8.8, higher than all of last year’s Oscar and BAFTA nominees.
The website’s millions of users rate movies they see and the resultant rankings, adjusted by IMDb according to a secret formula to make ensure the system has not been rigged, are used all over the world to assess the popularity of films.
The UK’s biggest screenplay writer has rallied behind ‘You’ve Been Trumped’ as plans are unveiled to release the film across Scotland’s cinemas on July 8, just two days before the opening of Mr Trump’s controversial golf course.
Academy award winner Simon Beaufoy, writer of ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ and ‘The Full Monty’ said: “What writer would dare to dream up such a Dickensian mockery of wealth and arrogance? A brave, sad and wonderful film.”
Last week’s screening in the parliament building, organised by director Anthony Baxter, was attended by David Strang, Chief Constable of Lothian and Borders Police, as well as some of Scotland’s leading broadcasters, writers and environmental experts
Mr Baxter this week welcomed IMDb’s figures which he said backed his belief in the project.
He said: “These new figures from IMDb prove what we have always believed – that there is an audience in Scotland that wants to know the truth about Donald Trump’s development on the Menie Estate. Finally cinema goers across the country, will get to see the film this summer.”
The screening was followed by a question and answer discussion led by the BBC’s Janice Forsyth with contributions from Menie Estate residents Susan Munro and David Milne, who have refused to sell their homes to Mr Trump. Also on the panel was Glasgow University Geomorphologist Dr Jim Hansom and land rights expert Andy Wightman, who is backing a call from Green MSP Patrick Harvie for Mr Trump to be “sacked as a Global Scot”.
Folk singer Karine Polwart also performed her new song Cover Your Eyes which will be incorporated into the distribution version of the film which will be released this summer.