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Mark Kermode Mark Kermode | 15:25 UK time, Tuesday, 16 October 2012

There's a brilliant documentary on BBC2 this Sunday called You've Been Trumped. Here I meet the director Anthony Baxter to talk about his film - which made me very angry - in a good way.

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  • Comment number 1.

    Local Hero is mentioned yet again, surprise, surprise!

    Really interested in seeing this documentry, will do my best to see it on Sunday. Its despicable how governments would sell their own grannies for revenue and face saving gestures. Never liked Trump. Having to look at an advert that has his evil face on it made me switch from using the train and take the bus into work.

    Don't like the close up of Dr. K at 5 minutes 19 second into the video. Why didn't you focus on Baxter?

  • Comment number 2.

    Thanks for the heads up Doc, i've been wanting to see this since you first reviewed it on the Mayo show.

    If people go on Youtube there are numerous videos of Q&A's Anthony Baxter did at various screenings of You've Been Trumped giving an insight into just how much opposition there was to this film.

    At a time when mainstream media is happy to ignore stories like this, more and more theatrical documentaries step in to fill the gap.

  • Comment number 3.

    The sight of Trump calling that guy disgusting whilst sat beneath that abomination of a hair style is a delicious irony.
    Have a look for that Peter Serafinowicz clip on youtube, he pretty much says it all.

  • Comment number 4.

    Dr k - Thanks for the heads up.

    Like 'Harry Limes Shadow' above, this film has been on my one to watch list for a while now.

    That's my Sunday night sorted....

  • Comment number 5.

    Just a pity I don't have a television!!

    Mind you, the cinema is, needless to say, a very good substitute!

  • Comment number 6.

    Saw the film recently - and the gall of Trump's objectives repels me to the extreme. Baxter's documentary highlights one individuals arrogance over the dignity of many. I hope this film signifies that moral coda, and will keep these so-called political lackeys in their place. You can see the parallels with "Local Hero": an obvious omission to Trump's intentions; maybe this is a good place to start for the deluded tycoon...well, i said maybe.

  • Comment number 7.

    This film is absolutely brilliant. Anyone who thinks that politicians or the media are capable of protecting our interests must see this film. There are wonderful people and there are people who seem to have forgotten how to be wonderful. Those local police should be thoroughly ashamed of themselves.

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  • Comment number 9.

    Parallels with 'Local Hero'?
    Isn't a key feature of that film that the locals are happy to take the money if it's offered? It's only Ben on the beach and a single outsider who have a problem with the oil refinery - and the head of the corporation is the only one who's convinced to change his mind. Even Mac is willing to tow the company line and ruin the thing he's come to love right up until the end.
    Part of the beauty of the film comes from the characters who just drift wherever life is taking them, not fighting the tide at all - whereas the tide is ready for battle until Poseidon reveals he's not that interested either.

    Parallels? Other than they're both in Scotland?

  • Comment number 10.

    Many thanks Dr K as I knew about what Trump had been doing in Scotland but did not know about the existence of You've Been Trumped.

    I'll definintely do my best to see it when it's broadcase on Sunday.

  • Comment number 11.

    I was attending Aberdeen university, graduated this year, and the film was being shown at the local Picturehouse cinema. I was rather surprised to see the slow boil the distribution has had but also glad. We can discuss the falliability of mankind (and sadly hence politicians) til we're blue in the face but it's moments like these that should allow us to question the people whom compose our councils further. Aberdeen seems to be a magnet for dignity dropping bendings over by the council each time money rolls into town. That of course is only marginally to do with the film which is well worth watching or recording this Sunday night!

  • Comment number 12.

    Looking forward in an "steam already coming out of my ears sort of way" to this. You might all enjoy this if you haven't already seen it. The biter bit!

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-north-east-orkney-shetland-19964755

  • Comment number 13.

    You've Been Trumped is one of the best films of the year - I was lucky enough to see it in a cinema (Phoenix East Finchley actually) and a packed house breached the Code of Conduct en masse by tutting, scoffing and hissing ever louder as the incredible story unfolded and one injustice piled on top of yet another. The arrest sequence, suggesting the complicity of Grampian Police in all this, was astonishing. It's brilliantly told, it meaningfully evokes Local Hero, it has compelling characters, laughs and charm, but I agree completely with Dr K - it mostly made me very, and unexpectedly, ANGRY. Will be great to see it again on Sunday.

  • Comment number 14.

    Missed this film during its brief local screening, so will definitely catch the TV showing...
    The Trump saga has been a notorious one here in Aberdeen, so much so that I've created my own (visual) comment on the whole thing : http://www.flyingpigproductions.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/trumptown.png

  • Comment number 15.

    Another thanks for the head up. BBC2 have done a good job recently, screening a few feature-length documentaries. They need more outlets!

  • Comment number 16.

    I went to New York a few months ago and while on a bus tour of Manhattan we went past Trump Tower and the tour guide said that no one in New York liked him either!

  • Comment number 17.

    Will be watching on Sunday, thanks for the heads up!
    I've been fizzing with anger since the start of this whole sorry business.
    I live at the other (bottom) end of Scotland and sadly, I think my own council would not have made any better decisions. They are desperate for jobs/money and think that some of these big corporations are the answer to their prayers. They rarely are so the local environment and the local communities suffer in the long term after the corporation circus leaves town.
    I'm hoping the film version on Sunday also carries 'local' girl Karine Polwart's song at the end (I think) of the film.

  • Comment number 18.

    Hello_to_Viggo_Mortensen wrote: "I went to New York a few months ago and while on a bus tour of Manhattan we went past Trump Tower and the tour guide said that no one in New York liked him either!"

    True but New York is too limited. He is loathed all over the US. I'm sure there is a welcoming spot in hell for him, right next to Rupert Murdoch's.

    Check out Trump getting roasted at the White House Correspondent's Dinner (from the 12:01-14:39 mark). http://youtu.be/7YGITlxfT6s?t=12m1s

  • Comment number 19.

    I look forward to watching this intriguing documentary on the iplayer.

    Thank you Dr K for the wonderful heads up of it.

  • Comment number 20.

    I dunno, I like my billionaires to be megalomaniacal, crass, tasteless and devoid of human feeling: it confirms my deeply-held anti-capitalist views and makes me feel dead smug.

    Donald, where's yer troosers (probably in a solid-gold trouser press in the penthouse suite of the Glasgow Hilton)...

  • Comment number 21.

    fake teeth - check
    fake hair - check
    fake tan - check
    fake smile - check
    fake morals - check
    it must be an American 1%er...

    go home trump, i see nothing to be envious of, just embarrassed about..

    and Sammond, shame on you for filling your independence war chest by selling out the family jewels...

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  • Comment number 23.

    Looking forward to this. I just really hope it's fair and even handed in its telling of the story. As Michael Moore has demonstrated, even film-makers who we may feel are largely in the right can undermine themselves through dishonest editing, exaggeration, or cherry picking information.

    If you build anything big anywhere there will always be environmental concerns and people unhappy that it is on their doorstep. When watching something like this we all (myself included) expect and even want Trump to be a villain, but I hope that it's the truth that leads us to this conclusion. I know I haven't seen the film yet, but I think having these kind of reservations before seeing a film is relevant.

    That said, the Americans get Trump and we get Lord Sugar, so we won that one.

  • Comment number 24.

    So a self-obsessed narcissist wheedles his way into the politico; whispers sweet nothings in their ears and get's his way to take over an area of land that is SSSI and that the public has access to enjoy, and turns it into a golf course that costs £200 to get on to. Well not sure I agree with that.

    And of course now that it's there, and all the fancy promises about the number of local jobs that will result actually being dependent upon the resort hotel and facilities being built are up in the air because the locals are being a bit difficult upon his plans and the government wanting to build wind farm offshore that will spoil the view (of the rigs). What mugs we were listening to the man in the first place. He has the Scots government and local planning over barrel and can now pretty much build what he wants - else no jobs. Well he and his course can get tae...a bad place

  • Comment number 25.

    As said, finding documentaries very worthwhile lately and this does tell a story that needs telling.

    That said, I think there's a couple of problems with it:

    1) The music for me is insidious and I don't like it.
    2) The main contention is a) The residents say on their property b) The environmental "trump card" - The technical aspects of both of these are not explored. Instead we get the artist. :/
    3) It runs out of steam as a consequence and is only really 30mins worth of documentary here with atmosphere in that even.
    4) Trump is vilified, without enough exacting questions and showing where his evidence or pov is both strong and weak.
    5) It needed to get more air time with the politicians making the decisions and letting down the people they represent or supporting the people they represent more.

    But, I did honestly appreciate that is has now gained a wider audience and respect to the docu-maker of this. And I did not think the salmon farmer chap seemed like a nice guy, but that's irrelevant to the question of his land and decision, that's fundamental and should be defended.

    The Green party guy was the most interesting interviewed and added the most weight to this documentary. It's amazing a process could have taken away his veto at the local council and approved at Holyrood.... sheesh.

  • Comment number 26.

    Watching this now and it is making me feel physically sick. The destruction of a beautiful and unique landscape is saddening and seeing the local police so thoroughly in the back pockets of a corporation is truly shocking.

  • Comment number 27.

    How can they let someone like mr trump destroy such a beautiful piece of Scotland just so he can build a golf corse. It makes me feel sick.

  • Comment number 28.

    Both my partner and I were unaware of this Trump development on what was a beautiful and unique site. Even allowing for an element of bias from the film maker we were appalled at how dismissive the developers seem to be of planning regulations, the local environment and the rights of the local community. I wish we could have attended the march to show our support.

  • Comment number 29.

    I'm sure the SNP are delighted this was shown on BBC Scotland, right before highlights of their Annual Conference. It's a depressingly familiar narrative, thinking in particular of the 2010 documentary The Pipe - there we saw complete abuse of planning systems (at best, I'll try and stay civil), hiring thugs as private security, political policing, and the destruction of residents' livelihoods. And that was a Special Area of Conservation too.

    Is anyone making a documentary about the Dale Farm evictions?

  • Comment number 30.

    Just watched the documentary and I already knew to some extent (through Scottish press and some TV coverage) the corruption that was taking place to allow this golf course to happen but having now watched, You've Been Trumped I really am shocked that this has been allowed to happen here.
    The whole thing reeks of money over ruling common sense and Alex Salmond and his SNP cronies should be ashamed of themselves for buying into it.
    Showing it now on BBC2 wont make the golf course disappear but hopefully many people in Scotland tuned in and paid attention to how our Scottish Government has allowed these people to be treated.

  • Comment number 31.

    Just watched this documentary and would like to congratulate the team that made it ! If you re-mortgaged your house to make it Anthony it was well worth it! It's a brave and brilliant expose of greed, and media manipulation by a man who is so rich and removed from humanity that he's lost touch with reality. I will recommend it to everyone that I know although I am sure that its message is going to spread like a virus anyway ! As for the thug who attacked you whilst you were doing your job...There must be a follow up!!!!!!!?

  • Comment number 32.

    The excellent documentary reveals an utter disgrace. I am sickened to the core by the injustice that is happening in Scotland to those residents. It is a complete and utter disgrace.

  • Comment number 33.

    Dunbar, Scotland - Well done BBC 2 for showing the Trump film. We always thought Trump was a pompous bully but we never quite realised how vindictive he is and the depths he would go to to make the inhabitants' life a misery. And, of course it was sickening to learn of the craven attitude of Aberdeen Council and the Vice Chancellor of Robert Gordon's. Oor Alex has a lot to answer for giving planning permission for this. Down here we are battling a similar event, the setting up of an incinerator by Viridor near Dunbar.Oour council voted against this, the Scottish Government overruled them and then later changed the rules allowing waste to be disposed there not only from eastern but the whole of Scotland. Folk here are outraged.

  • Comment number 34.

    Something must be done!!!

  • Comment number 35.

    Why did the Scottish Government, Grampian Police, Aberdeen Council and others, allow this travesty to proceed?

  • Comment number 36.

    Shocked, angry ... but most off all I wanted to cry after watching this film.

    How can something like this be allowed to happen in our country? It's more like a tale from some Third World police state.

    Those poor people bullied, harassed and insulted in their own homes where they and their families have lived for generations in harmony with the unique and beautiful landscape.

    The powers that be in Scotland have made an error of judgment on a scale matched only by the handling of the al-Megrahi release fiasco.

    God save us all from tinpot rulers ready to betray their country, its people and their rights for the half-baked promises of a mop-head monster like Trump.

    He's already trying to dictate energy policy (ref. wind farm objections). No doubt he'll be holding them to ransom about lots of other things in the future too now they've opened the door to him.

    Well done Mr Baxter for shining perspective on this murky episode.

  • Comment number 37.

    Everything that you expect from that vile, egotist Trump, but the Grampian Police? Baxter was quite restrained for a man who had just been assaulted and falsely imprisoned by the local plod.

  • Comment number 38.

    This is the first time I have cried watching a documentary. I cried out of rage; out of shock that such things could happen in our democracy; and out of sympathy for the dignified local people who were being demonised and usurped by this billion dollar dictator, Donald Trump.

    The injustice was monumental. Donald Trump has been allowed to destroy a swathe of wilderness deemed to be of Special Scientific Interest. He has further, openly vilified the local inhabitants, whom he tried to push out by invoking Compulsory Purchase Orders, in a manner worthy of the landlords of old, who felt free to clear the highlands of their bothersome inhabitants. Mr Trump was openly hostile towards these people who were defending their homes, describing one mild-mannered local fisherman in dehumanising terms as: "living in pig-like conditions" - an assertion in no way backed up by what we saw on screen.

    But Trump is not the only villain. In addition to his scandalous behaviour I was shocked to witness our British police acting like a private and clearly biased security firm for Trump: going as far as to harass and assault a journalist going about his legitimate business on an investigation that clearly is of public interest. Somehow, whenever the journalist turned up to talk to the locals and film from their property, the police, like East German Stasi, turned up to harass him. This was perhaps the most sinister episode in what was generally a woeful and frightening story.

    Trump’s people have taken to harassing the locals too. The water and electricity supplies have been cut off at times. Diggers disrupted the local spring that supplied some of the dwellings but there was no attempt to quickly fix the problem by Trump’s contractor. Several houses were completely without water for over a week yet no-one - not Trump, not the local authority, not public health – nobody did a thing.

    Though none was drawn on the planning permission, huge mounds have been built in front of the locals’ houses, completely blocking their view of the site and of the countryside that they used to enjoy. Trump has also re-drawn the boundaries of his land and without consultation with the locals or by taking recourse through the civil courts, has taken the law into his own hands and literally land-grabbed. He had a boundary fence on one local’s land dismantled in order to grab a portion of land that Mr Trump holds to belong to him. As the diggers moved in, the local police did nothing. However, when the same local removed%

  • Comment number 39.

    This is the first time I have cried watching a documentary. I cried out of rage; out of shock that such things could happen in our democracy; and out of sympathy for the dignified local people who were being demonised and usurped by this billion dollar dictator, Donald Trump.

    The injustice was monumental. Donald Trump has been allowed to destroy a swathe of wilderness deemed to be of Special Scientific Interest. He has further, openly vilified the local inhabitants, whom he tried to push out by invoking Compulsory Purchase Orders, in a manner worthy of the landlords of old, who felt free to clear the highlands of their bothersome inhabitants. Mr Trump was openly hostile towards these people who were defending their homes, describing one mild-mannered local fisherman in dehumanising terms as: "living in pig-like conditions" - an assertion in no way backed up by what we saw on screen.

    But Trump is not the only villain. In addition to his scandalous behaviour I was shocked to witness our British police acting like a private and clearly biased security firm for Trump: going as far as to harass and assault a journalist going about his legitimate business on an investigation that clearly is of public interest. Somehow, whenever the journalist turned up to talk to the locals and film from their property, the police, like East German Stasi, turned up to harass him. This was perhaps the most sinister episode in what was generally a woeful and frightening story.

    Trump’s people have taken to harassing the locals too. The water and electricity supplies have been cut off at times. Diggers disrupted the local spring that supplied some of the dwellings but there was no attempt to quickly fix the problem by Trump’s contractor. Several houses were completely without water for over a week yet no-one - not Trump, not the local authority, not public health – nobody did a thing.

    Though none was drawn on the planning permission, huge mounds have been built in front of the locals’ houses, completely blocking their view of the site and of the countryside that they used to enjoy. Trump has also re-drawn the boundaries of his land and without consultation with the locals or by taking recourse through the civil courts, has taken the law into his own hands and literally land-grabbed. He had a boundary fence on one local’s land dismantled in order to grab a portion of land that Mr Trump holds to belong to him. As the diggers moved in, the local police did nothing. However, when the same local removed so

  • Comment number 40.

    I have only ever read the mainstream media regarding the Trump Golf course at Mennie Estate in Aberdeenshire . And I for one thought it a good idea . However I have just watched the documentary film You've been Trumped and am left speechless . I am appalled at the harassment of the local people living nearby , at the police actions, in particular the arrest and rough treatment of a journalist filming the documentary . I am in disbelief that Donald Trump has not even had the common courtesy of meeting his neighbours; he visited the site often enough and yet managed to make such nasty , personnel remarks about them without ever having come face to face with them. I am shocked he thinks houses nearby are slums ! They reflect perfectly the history and architecture of the area ! In criticising the farm he is criticising every farm and farmer in Scotland ; indeed I have never seen any farm that did not resemble the one shown . I am shocked that plans were changed and no one did anything about it ? Anyone else would have had the full wrath of the Building and Planning Department down on them at the very least . I am shocked that the water and power to the houses nearby were deliberately sabotaged and nothing was done about it , that wells were filled in , trees cut down for no reason , banks of sand raised to block the neighbours views . I am appalled that illegal land grabs were allowed to occur and fences removed without owner's permission . I am stunned that the security vehicles and guards intimidated the local people in a scene reminiscent of a US border patrol operation ! I am shocked the police appear to be under the direct orders of Donald Trump 's " people" instead of looking after the interests of the local community in an impartial manner . I am shocked so few locals seem to be employed there , when he promised ' thousands ' of jobs would be created , and that foreign contractors were used to build the site .But most of all I am shocked that this took place in Scotland in the 21 st century and not some dictatorship or 500 years ago . And under the very nose and in the very constituency of Alex Salmond . Truly , utterly deplorable .
    Karen Ann Donald

    Sent from my iPad

  • Comment number 41.

    It was a good watch, well done to Anthony Baxter as Trump and Salmond have a lot to answer for. I thought that the director could have been more objective though, (but I'd have found that difficult if I were in his shoes) as there are many locals who supported the project. It is those who have more direct dealings with the Trump Organisation that are left in shocked disbelief.
    Hard to believe that our polititicians and constabulary are so blind to their responsibilities. Trump may believe that the local residents who oppose him are mere minnows, but their dignified resistance shows that they are better than he will ever be.

  • Comment number 42.

    Thank-you BBC. Thank-you for broadcasting this documentary. This saga has sickened almost every person who I have discussed it with. I live in the north of Scotland and honestly can't think of a single time when I've heard that this development was either required or wanted. Reading the unfolding and at times unbelievable story in our local press was something that always got us talking at tea-break time. Seeing the events on screen has made what sounded unbelievable, undeniable.
    I am truly ashamed by what our leaders and (so called) protectors have allowed. Household names who are currently trying hard to convince us Scots to trust them, are shown to be wholly untrustworthy and unscrupulous. Those in power have an image of Scotland that they want to promote abroad. Unfortunately the best selling point that we have, our wild free spaces and beautiful areas are now fair game to anyone with a big name and a full wallet. The image of tacky resorts and manicured fairways, trumps our real gems in the halls of power. The story hasn't ended though. Another of Scotlands strenghts, our renewable energy potential is being manipulated by the same powers.
    If I was Mr Forbes, I'd have taken the saltire down. There's less and less to be proud of up here.

  • Comment number 43.

    Its a well made documentary in some regards but so totally one sided, with no attempt at balance that i found my self wondering if Trump (despite being clearly unlikable) didn't have some valid points. For instance the few times boundary issues were raised the film-maker made no attempts to find out the truth, instead just going with the home owners insistences that Trump had redrawn the boundaries. It would have been far stronger had these points been truly investigated. Property deeds are available for public consumption, why did we not see those held by local authorities.

  • Comment number 44.

    Yeah the film was truly shocking but...


    Spoilers!


    I was astonished at the police arresting the documentry filmmaker for just doing his job...well just for standing there filming/interviewing someone and it was never made clear from what I can remember as to why he was breaking the peace or why they took his camera away.
    They even drove off briefly and then reversed back after clearly discussing the matter first, so they had time/resource to explain why they had to put him in a cell???

    I thought it was terrifying just watching it, nevermind not even being involved and just from that moment (nevermind the other things in the rest of the film!) felt incredibly sorry for the people living there.

  • Comment number 45.

    Can someone help me out? Was this on a year or so ago as a shorter doc, and was then turned into a feature? Me and my girlfriend had seen most of it before and we were sure it was on the telly? Tried looking on google, but to no avail! Help me out, so I don't think we have gone potty!! :)

  • Comment number 46.

    It is not Trump it is Scottish people: Goverment ... Police ... and other officials hwo selling their soules and disrespecting their neighbours. police should be punished for such behavioure. I dont think that Trump paid them extra for abusing. It seems they just sick for our taxpayers money. They abusing people who actualy giving them salary. Enjoy the golfcourse

  • Comment number 47.

    @45. There was a program earlier in the year presented by Emily Maitliss about Trump in general, which touched on the golf course.

  • Comment number 48.

    It seemed that it was left open as to whether the golf course will be abandoned due to the off-shore wind farm plans and his running for presidential candidate (which I read didn't happen). Does anyone know if he carried on building it or did he destroy the landscape for nothing in the end?

  • Comment number 49.

    They arrested anthony using section 14 of the criminal procedure scotland act - it can be found here ... http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/1995/46/section/14

    He was arrested on suspicion of committing a criminal act that had to be investigated further to ascertain whether he was to be charged for it - but there is supposed to be reasonable grounds for suspecting that a criminal act has taken place before it is deemed necessary to remove the person to a police station - also, when anthony asked why he was being taken they should have replied and explained first then cuffed him, rather than effectively assaulting him. If I were anthony, I would have the police officer procecuted or sacked. The supervisor of the Irish contractor in the Trump office was obviously bothered by being filmed and then called the police up - its logical to assume that he made some sort of spurious accusation of trespassing or criminal damage - the police have just taken him at his word based on zero evidence - so they have no reasonable grounds to suspect anthony.

    As pointed out by others - that effectively means that the police are acting as private security guards and following the instructions of Trump staff - this is clearly illegal, and should be prosecuted.

  • Comment number 50.

    The thing i took away from You've Been Trumped was how the local people value the area not just as property but for a way of life and regard the centuries old sand dunes as part of their national heritage. Trump can only view things for their monetary worth and idea that people would stand up to him on a point of principle is a completely alien concept to him.

    As for Grampian police, why are we surprised when uniformed thugs, who sell their souls for pensions, who think they're "entitled" to assault news vendors and racially abuse people, conform to type.

    The decision to allow the development i think was motivated by a grim pragmatism that with a stagnating economy a billion dollars is a billion dollars. I suspect they foolishly took Trump at his word and didn't think to put any checks in place. Alex Salmond is a politically savvy man and probably watched You've Been Trumped with his head in his hands, knowing this would be a political torpedo heading straight for him.

  • Comment number 51.

    some aspects of the style of the documentary were a bit sentimental I thought, with the Sigur Ros music and endless panning across ruined landscapes - I wanted some aerial or satellite shots of the finished site just to show how much he had ripped through the landscape. Perhaps it will be up on google earth now. Also, there will always be morons like Trump in a deregulated free market system - what is really inexcusable is the way that, for years the SNP has strictly followed and supported planning laws that help councils protect greenbelt and conservation areas - but when there is the chance for publicity, foreign investment and tourism the government seems to think it can make exceptions, which is totally contrary to logic of the system and against SNP manifesto pledges - it's like something you would see in a tinpot dictatorship, just suddenly changing or subverting the laws for a 'friend' of the nation. The SNP's policy towards big corporations now is contrary to the political direction they had been taking previously when I started voting for them - I hope Independence goes ahead in some form, just for democratic reasons, but I'm fairly sure I won't vote SNP again, like the fisherman.

    Also - at the time they were a minority government, so there must have been a degree of support from other parties - did Trump lobby the SNP via another party, thereby disguising it. I would have been even more interested in the documentary if they had looked at links to lobby groups- particularly for the 3 big parties at the time, which were SNP, Labour and Liberal. There's something seriously fishy about the way that the government changed it's mind so quickly and then the multi-party Aberdeenshire council caved in as well. The story of the home owners is a sad one, but they are still in there homes mainly so some of their rights have been maintained in the end - but their quality of life has been ruined due to a total subversion of normal planning laws. I didn't realise before now how much of a scientific interest site the dunes were before the building - that was an excellent section of the doc.

    MARK, are you not disgusted by the Edinburgh film festival's refusal to consider this documentary or talk to the film-maker, just because they had some funding from the Scottish govt? Public funding should mean you are even more interested in public interest stories, NOT LESS, since Scottish tax payers like me are subsidising the festival - instead they showed 'Brave', an American fairytale about a made up Scotland. I won't be returning to the Edinburgh film festival. Glasgow's festival is better now anyway - you should come in February Dr K.

  • Comment number 52.

    I, like many others, was utterly sickened by this excellent documentary. It left me full of helpless rage and I have not been able to stop thinking about it since Sunday's airing. If Alex Sammond and co are not brought to task about their decision to allow a ruthless billionaire to pillage Scotland's heritage, how many more abuses of the country and its people will there be? I shudder to think....

  • Comment number 53.

    Just watched this on i Player. I am left stunned, but sadly not surprised at the obvious power of money.
    Amused at the end to see that iPlayer suggested under more like this - Who do you think you are?

  • Comment number 54.

    I dont normally participate in these pages but I had to post a comment on this after reading the above.
    I am amazed at the comments about Donald Trump - you have to be realistic he is a billionaire and like it or not you dont become a billionaire by being a shrinking violet.
    As an Aberdonian who has followed this story 'locally' I was astounded that the BBC would promote such a documentary without checking that it gave a balanced view of the situation. The silent majority in Aberdeen when given the opportunity gave approval of the project in a local e-petition by an overwhelming ten to one and I have still to find anyone against it.
    The 'experts' were from everywhere except Aberdeen it must have taken a while to find those with the correct views. The golf course is now open and I am told it looks excellent and plays brilliantly.
    Give the film maker due credit the editing was excellent I had to double check that this was about the Menie Golf course project - linking the story to the Local Hero film was a masterpiece but definately over the top.
    Unless you live or have been in the area you should probably temper your views on this project. Please do not let your personal dislike of Donald Trump and the excellent editing of this completely biased documentary lead you to think that this golf course was not wanted - it most certainly was.

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  • Comment number 56.

    I know that there are questions over the SSSI status and the extent of encroachment, locals who actually accepted his money, etc, etc. But irrespective of the rights or wrongs of the project, and any personal feelings towards Mr Trump (I think it is a known fact that a lot of people in positions of power, CEOs etc, display psychopathic characteristics), it for me was the arrest of Mr Baxter that shocked me so much. I looked on their website last night (the Grampian Police) and there is no mention of this film. I know they 'investigated' it last year, but with the general release of the film, they must know that now the whole country sees what their 'Customer Focus' is! I wonder how that police officer gets on in the community now? I wouldn't be surprised if he now 'drives a desk' somewhere. I just hope it is not in their strategic or ethical setting development department!

  • Comment number 57.

    I don't know what was wrong with my first post (ever!). I hadn't written anything rude or defamatory. But anyway, I just said that I thought it was a good thought provoking film which left me utterly shocked by the actions of the police. And hats off to Mr Baxter for putting his money where his mouth is in helping to finance the film by re-mortgaging his house.

  • Comment number 58.

    Dave Aberdonian - how many took part in the e-petition and can it be relied upon? Do you have a link? It would be interesting to see how people in the whole region polled after having seen the other side of the story now. It seems that part of the problem, as demonstrated by the documentary, was the smear campaign and media 'facts' put forward by Trump's PR people, which then informed those residents taking part in a e-petition. The position of the media was already generally biased, towards Trump - I've sat and watched BBC Scotland and STV coverage of the issue and I've never before heard that all of the major scientific organisations were against it and that it had the highest scientific status possible in the UK planning system. Similarly, I had never before heard that the plans were changed midway through the project and more dunes were removed and more trees and ecosystems removed than he had permission for. If I ripped down the tree outside my house and built a car park or tower on the land, it would be ripped down and I would be prosecuted - does the law not apply to some people? What is the point in having such a planning system at all if it can be completely ignored? On other major developments such as the redevelopment of Aberdeen city centre there were more thorough consultation processes. The national planning laws were over-riden here so it's not just an issue for Aberdeen - if the govt. were willing to do it there, where else will they do it? I don't care what Trump's agenda is, or whether he thinks he needs to intimidate and slander people to conduct his business, or whether you think that's standard practise - what about the rule of law and democratic process??? - you elected your councilors and they turned it down. If Aberdonians would rather have an unfulfilled, spurious promise of jobs rather than their environment and the rule of law, that would interesting, but I see no clear signs of that other than anecdote. The documentary was sentimental and had its flaws but the facts put forward do appear to be accurate - perhaps they should have included an area residents meeting to show people who do support the project and question them to find out if they new the facts put forward in the documentary, but that doesn;t change the accuracy of the information.

  • Comment number 59.

    My goodness, is it me or is Donald Trump a very unpleasant man? I did enjoy this film very much. Amazed by how I became more and more furious as the film went on. I've never been a huge fan of capitalism, so i'm very happy to see a film that captures the essence of how sinister, putrid and vile business tycoons can be. Anthony Baxter definitely deserves the highest amount of appreciation and recognition from the masses for this superb film he has made.

  • Comment number 60.

    A very sad, and maddening film. The SNP have sold these people down the river.
    As well as Local Hero, brings to mind the great Irish film The Field. What I'd give to see the Bull McCabe take his blackthorn stick to Donald Trump's bewigged head. "He's learned the lesson of the land"

  • Comment number 61.

    Have just watched film, its brilliant! Spent whole time muttering under my breath. The residents are brave, as are the film makers! Using local hero reference was brilliant touch.
    The police, and Scottish government need to do some serious soul searching as they are destroying lives of people they are supposed to protect!

  • Comment number 62.

    I am one of the silent Scots that have watched the issues that surround the issues raised by the programme 'You've been Trumped'.
    This is the FIRST time ever that I've been so concerned about the apparent behaviour of the police force involved and the Scottish Government that I want to believe in, that I have been compelled to make comment.
    Despite the other National issues that are rightfully concerning the people of the United Kingdom, I am deeply concerned that the programme has not resulted in a significant follow up within the media.
    This creates a major unease in the HEARTS of many Scottish people and a perceived attack on 'oor ane fowk' may not result in an immediate outburst but will never the less remind us, all be it in a smaller way, of the clearances agreed by those 'in power'.
    Strong words, but deeply held.
    Please ensure that this issue is given the time to ensure that all issues are well aired and not buried in a shallow grave.
    I am a progressive individual, but am not happy about any situation in which an individual may inforce, without question or sanction, their personal control of any section of our people.

  • Comment number 63.

    Just watched it, many thanks for the heads up. It was fantastic, excellent use of Local Hero. His arrest was a total disgrace. Its Salmons role that is the most worrying . The arrogance of those in a position of power over the PLEBS they think they can just walk all over.
    It was very moving. How ordinary people have far higher values and decency than any of their elected representatives !!!!!!!!

  • Comment number 64.

    I just watched this last night on iplayer, and found it as shocking as everyone else, especially the open contempt displayed by Trump (he saw this as a virtue, naturally). I agree that the whole question of wider support was fudged a little, and might have challenged the viewpoint taken by the documentary-maker. However, there is a key point here that the documentary makes brilliantly. Democracy is not just about 'majority-rules' (especially when that majority is far away from the site itself) but about how a society protects people's rights and interests, including their dignity and freedom from harassment. Here the interests of the people most intimately affected were effectively bargained away in a pretty brutal manner. Their numbers were small, but inherent rights and interests are not a matter of numbers (or shouldn't be, in any healthy functioning democracy). This is quite apart from any environmental considerations. The local council were initially cognisant of this, but were then steamrollered by the Scottish government. If this is what to expect from Scottish independence, then this very vivid and clearly articulated film raises troubling questions for our referendum in 2014.

    Also, I'm surprised that no-one has commented on the fact that on Letterman Trump seemed to be hazy as to where Menie actually is: 'more or less on the west coast'! That arrogant disregard for place told me everything I needed to know about how global capitalism operates.

  • Comment number 65.

    Also, if I were an alumnus of Robert Gordon University, I would regard my degree as having been cheapened and devalued by the award of an honorary degree to a mentally negligible moral vaccum such as Trump, even if he hadn't been the instigator of the horrible events portrayed in the film. The whole issue of honorary degrees needs to be looked into...(Dr Mayo beware!)

  • Comment number 66.

    Sorry, vacuum (a Robert Gordon student would never have made such a mistake!)

  • Comment number 67.

    One of the most disturbing documentaries I have ever watched. The arrogance of Trump is breathtaking. The raw power of money to corrupt -- the infinite reach of bare-faced greed... Scotch politicians should be utterly ashamed of themselves for allowing this Yank to walk all over them.

  • Comment number 68.

    An appalling situation, and an emotional and thought provoking film. Aberdeen was the first place outside of London that I spent substantial time in when I first came to the UK in 1990.

    As an environmental campaigner for The New Forest (one of the most heavily encroached upon wilderness habitats in England), I was hungry for more detail about 1) what the environmental groups had objected to 2) the grounds on which the original plan was rejected by the Aberdeenshire council.

    While it's obvious to focus on the big bad of the Trump organization, they are what they are, the 800 pound gorilla, arrogant and heedless of consequence. I would have liked to see more about the failures of the public institutions which are accountable to the residents, constituents and to the nation: the county counsellors, Grampian police, the planning regime of Aberdeenshire, and particularly the planning enforcement (the film documents many changes to the original Trump plan by the contractors, which should not be allowed without being resubmitted), the Environment Agency, and Scottish Natural Heritage (who should both be livid about the loss of SSSI, and have some legal clout on their side). As appalling as Trump is, you can't expect a shred of accountability unaligned with self-interest, but our own government should be shamed for the myriad ways in which it seems to have rolled over for this travesty. The extent of that should have been touched upon within this film.

    I appreciate that some of what I found wanting in the film may not have been so easy to cover, complexities in environmental legislation, policy etc. that I can forgive the slight short comings, and salute the bravery and effort in making the film, and wish all involved luck as this continues into the future. There are clearly more stories to be told here.

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  • Comment number 70.

    I did get angry at this "film". I got angry as this was not a documentary, it was a tear-jerker designed to pull at heart strings while only showing one side. I live in Balmedie and watched this saga unfold. Yes Trump is an arrogant, odious man -nothing new there, he thrives on controversy and aims to provoke. Were CPO's a bad idea - of course. Was this course wanted by the majority of Aberdeen and Balmedie residents - absolutely. Martin Ford became a hate figure here for standing against it.
    Very few knew that Menie Estate existed, it was private land owned by a rich oil tycoon who brought parties of Yanks over to shoot wildlife. It is now a magnificent golf course set amid the dunes and used by golfers the world over who get to now view the spectacular coastline. Golfers who are eating in our restaurants, staying in our hotels and shopping in our city. We have become a tourist destination for those who appreciate what a great course it is.
    Travel up the coast and see a new prison being built on the boundary line of people's homes in Peterhead blocking the sea. Travel South to see the land-fill sites blocking the coastline. I now have a sewage treatment plant blocking my view which wasn't there when I bought my home, would I have preferred a golf course - hell yes!! No-one offering to plant trees to help with my view. You would think he had built a nuclear plant. Had it been anyone but Trump there would have been no "documentary". Others who have written in defence of the course on social network sites have attracted venom from those who have taken the moral high ground over this issue. The ending of the "movie" was designed to show you the folly of the man and the disaster that has been left behind - simply not true. Go take a look for yourself at how it has turned out and be prepared to be amazed at how sympathetic it is to the landscape.

  • Comment number 71.

    Youtube : Donald Trump Does Bohemian Rhapsody

  • Comment number 72.

    http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Resource/Doc/212607/0067713.pdf

    One of the things to note on the plans is the massive residential and tourist complex which has not yet started - Salmond could partially redeem himself by using the windfarm issue to persuade Trump to pull out of that project, either by offering to move it up-coast in return for limited building, or threaten him with so many windfarms that he just pulls out all together. I suppose we'll see whether the SNP has rediscovered its environment and planning polices or not.

    Apparently Trump has tried something similar before in the Palos Verdes Peninsula near Los Angeles, however the local government there stopped him from going ahead with his full plans, but again there are environmental criticisms.

    ...everyone is talking about Local Hero, but the film I was reminded of was 'Falling Down' with Michael Douglas.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E73RM9gS7bU

  • Comment number 73.

    I' not sure if I can add anything to what has already been posted. I've only just finished watching the film, and have to congratulate the makers for their tenacity and determination in pursuing the issues. What scandalous behaviour on behalf of our politicians, particularly Salmond and his toadies. If ever there was an example to the Scottish people of who not to put in charge of their future, this is it.They are willing to ride roughshod over their own people and their elected local representatives for what reason. I have to ask what was in it for them? Trumps business etiquette is legendary worldwide. He's only in it for the money and to hell with whoever stands in his way. So what was the incentive to Salmond et al to stand aside and take the Trump party line? The Trump's shilling? I bet none of them watched it. This is one of the best pieces of documentary film making I have seen. Yes maybe it was a tear jerker, maybe now the affluent golfing visitors get to enjoy the coastal view. The people who lived there before have been subjected to the most despicable treatment, their very utilities, water and electricity cut off with no support from anyone. What's their view of now? The film makers themselves subjected to a most awful harassment by the police, and "radio silence" from Grampian Police and the government on their respective roles in this. And Robert Gordon's honour to this despicable waste of a human being is beyond belief. The whole business makes me feel sick. Shame on Salmond and the Scottish Government.

  • Comment number 74.

    if you're interested Colin, Mr Salmond has now seen the film:

    http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/scottish-news/alex-salmond-had-chance-to-help-but-didnt-1403300

    ...perhaps the first example of a politico-wittertainment publicity stunt. Mark is starting a revolution one blog at a time. Maybe it's a witter-infiltration of government.

  • Comment number 75.

    You've been Trumped was a brilliant film. Hats off to Anthony Baxter. I thought I'd just watch a bit then watch the rest on iplayer (bit late for me), but I stayed up and watched the whole thing because it was just so compelling. I have rarely felt so angry and despairing whilst watching a documentary.

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