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You’ve Been Trumped – The Real Donald Trump – Aberdeen, Scotland

You’ve Been Trumped

You’ve Been Trumped is a 2011 documentary by British filmmaker Anthony Baxter. The film documents the construction of a luxury golf course on a beach in Balmedie, Aberdeenshire, Scotland, by developer Donald Trump, and the subsequent struggles between the locals and Donald Trump and Scottish legal and governmental authorities.

When it was announced that the documentary was to be given its British television premiere on BBC Two on 21 October 2012, Trump’s lawyers contacted the corporation to demand that the film should not be shown, claiming that it is “defamatory” and “misleading”. The screening went ahead. The BBC defended its decision, noting that Trump had repeatedly refused to be interviewed in conjunction with the film.

In October 2016, filmmaker Anthony Baxter announced the release of You’ve Been Trumped Too, a sequel to the film timed for release before the United States presidential election, 2016.

A follow-up documentary called A Dangerous Game was released in September 2014. The film continues the story of the locals’ struggle against Donald Trump but goes further afield also. It documents Trump’s plans to build a luxury golf course in Dubrovnik, Croatia on Mount Srđ overlooking Dubrovnik against which local residents campaign. The residents win a referendum on the matter but this is ignored by officials.

ReelScotland reviewed the film, concluding “an emotive film which shows both what can happen when a Government considers money over its own laws and how those at the sharp end remain resilient throughout”. Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times gave the film three stars out of four.

It won the Sheffield Green Award at Sheffield Doc/Fest in 2011, year of release.

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