A MONTROSE film-maker’s hard-hitting documentary about Donald Trump’s Aberdeenshire golf resort development will receive a unique “twin city” Scottish premiere later this summer.
‘You’ve Been Trumped’ opened to critical acclaim and packed houses earlier this year when it was premiered at the world-famous Hot Docs documentary film festival in Toronto.
The 95-minute feature film, which follows the story of American tycoon Donald Trump’s development of a luxury golf course resort on a stretch of unique wilderness on the Menie Estate on the north east coast, will be shown at two of the country’s most famous cinemas, in Aberdeen and Edinburgh.
It documents the confrontations between the developers and local campaigners, residents and naturalists, opposed to the project which is being built on unspoilt land and part of a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).
The first screening will be held at Aberdeen’s Belmont Cinema at 8.30pm on Friday, June 17, and the film will roll again at Edinburgh’s Cameo Cinema at 6.40pm on Thursday, July 14.
The film’s director, Anthony Baxter, who was arrested and held in custody while making the documentary, will be on hand to answer questions from the audience. First Minister Alex Salmond, who declined to be interviewed during the making of the film, will also be invited to the screenings.
Mr Baxter said Mr Trump will soon get a chance to see the film as ‘You’ve Been Trumped’ has also been invited to the tycoon’s own doorstep in New York. Manhattan’s IFC Centre has secured the right to screen the film on Thursday, July 7 as part of the prestigious Stranger Than Fiction series.
Mr Baxter said: “It’s only right that the first showing of ‘You’ve Been Trumped’ in Scotland will take place in Aberdeen. This will be the first opportunity for residents from the Menie Estate including Michael and Molly Forbes and the people of Scotland to see the film,
“We were overwhelmed by the reaction in Toronto. ‘You’ve Been Trumped’ is clearly hitting a universal chord.”
Hailed as “brilliant” and “compelling” by the CBC and others in the Canadian media, the film has featured in The Hollywood Reporter, Variety, and in The Washington Post, which cited the film in a scathing environmental expose of Mr Trump’s developments.
‘You’ve Been Trumped’, which includes music from jónsi and Sigur Rós, was completed in the nick of time for HotDocs after a worldwide crowd-funding drive raised $20,000 from hundreds of donors.
Contributions came from more than a dozen countries and included the Academy award-winning director of ‘The Eagle’ and ‘Touching the Void’, Kevin Macdonald.
While the film was a success at the Canadian festival, Mr Baxter had difficulty on this side of the Atlantic after it was turned down by the Edinburgh International Film Festival and refused funding by Creative Scotland.
He accused the festival’s organisers as well as the publicly funded arts agency of turning their backs on the controversial film in a bid to prevent upsetting the Scottish Government, which is backing Mr Trump’s £1 billion development.
Mr Baxter also said he had been told by the EIFF that he had created “a political hot potato” which ruled out a Scottish premiere at the festival.
An EIFF spokesman said that the festival received more than 3,000 submissions for this year and it was not possible to screen all of them, while Creative Scotland said it was keen to support the project initially but was reluctant to be the sole investor.