You've Been Trumped

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You've Been Trumped
You've Been Trumped poster.jpg
Film poster
Directed by Anthony Baxter
Produced by Richard Phinney
Release dates
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Box office £18,191[1]

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. The film was briefly ranked as the highest rated British film of all time on the Internet Movie Database.[2] The film used scenes from the movie Local Hero.

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".[3] The screening went ahead. The BBC defended its decision, noting that Trump had repeatedly refused to be interviewed in conjunction with the film.[3]

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 features a story in Dubrovnik, Croatia where a development has been approved to build a luxury golf course on Mount Srđ overlooking Dubrovnik but local residents are campaigning against it and held a referendum which they won but which officials ignored. The film also looks at luxury golf resorts in general, how they damage the natural environment because of high water and pesticide usage, and how they often only serve the super rich whilst bypassing local democracy to please the developers.[4]

A Dangerous Game premiered at Hotdocs Film Festival in Canada and subsequently screened at Sheffield International Documentary Film Festival, Edinburgh International Film Festival, Denver Starz, Hamptons International Film Festival, Vancouver International Film Festival, Reykjavik International Film Festival and Bergen International Film Festival.


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".[5]

Bill Forsyth, the director of Local Hero (from which the film used footage), reacted to the film positively.[6] He saw the film at the Shetland Film Festival.[citation needed]


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  2. ^ "IMDb: Anti-Donald Trump doc is greatest British movie ever". Retrieved 12 August 2012. 
  3. ^ a b Carrell, Severin (22 October 2012). "Donald Trump lawyers tried to stop BBC showing Scottish bullying film". Guardian News and Media Limited. Retrieved 23 October 2012. 
  4. ^ "Dangerous game Observer Review". The Observer. Retrieved 8 December 2014. 
  5. ^ Jonathan Melville (17 October 2012). "Film Review: You’ve Been Trumped". Reel Scotland. Retrieved 11 November 2012. 
  6. ^ "Local Hero and Donald Trump: a malign mix of bullying, muscle flexing and craven politicians". The Guardian. Retrieved 8 December 2014. 

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