Remember Donald Trump’s plans for a luxury golf course on a remote and beautiful stretch of coastline in Aberdeen, Scotland? The $2.1 billion dollar development was originally blocked due to some very real environmental concerns by residents and conservation officials. The Scottish government, however, intervened to give the green light after deciding that the economic advantages were just too great to pass up.
Fast forward to today and Trump’s golf course is almost complete – with 1,500 condominiums soon to be built. There remains, however, a group of Aberdeen locals who have resisted the business mogul’s attempts to buy out their properties and remain steadfastly opposed to the project. Their story is the subject of a new documentary called “You’ve Been Trumped”.
“This is a timely film, given his presidential ambitions. But audiences for the first time will see a different side of The Donald that they won’t like,” director Anthony Baxter told The Hollywood Reporter. His documentary was the only one shot in Scotland last year – but was rejected from the Edinburgh Film Festival on the grounds of it being “too racy”. That, or perhaps they were thinking “this is just too embarrassing for us…”
And is there anything about Donald Trump that people like? The guy has always come across as something of a condescending, egotistical ass – something the trailer below highlights with ease.
The David vs Goliath story features several homeowners fighting not only Trump but also the Scottish government as the world around them is transformed by bulldozers. Baxter, who has shot documentaries in Uganda and Afghanistan, was even arrested while filming in Aberdeen. “I felt like I was in a hostile environment, like a complete different country,” he told the National Post.
The director also mentioned that Trump’s promises to preserve the environment were laughable. “You have homeowners and an environment that’s ripped apart and destroyed and he (Trump) is telling the TV cameras that he’s protecting the environment,” he told THR.
Baxter is currently looking for U.S. distribution for the film. Since controversy sells, this one should have no problem finding a buyer – especially if Trump decides to move ahead with his Presidential bid.