Donald Trump Invited to View 'You've Been Trumped' in Scottish Parliament
LONDON – Donald Trump has been sent a personal invitation to watch the feature documentary You've Been Trumped at a special screening being held at the Scottish Parliament.
Trump, due in Scotland this week, has been invited by an environmental pressure group and the filmmakers to the screening in Edinburgh alongside other Scottish politicians including Scotland’s first minister Alex Salmond and John Swinney, cabinet secretary for finance and sustainable growth.
The documentary, detailing Trump’s ambitions to build a golfing complex in Northern Scotland, made its world bow during the Hot Docs festival in Canada in May this year.
Making its U.K. premiere during this year’s Sheffield Doc/Fest, the doc picked up the festival’s Green award prize dished out to the event’s best piece dealing with environmental issues.
The jurors, in awarding the film the award said at the time they hoped the movie would raise awareness “and hold Trump to account for his environmental and social belligerence and expose the corruption and incompetence at the heart of the Scottish authorities which let this destruction go ahead.”
Michael Moore also selected You've Been Trumped for his Traverse City Film Festival in the USA in July, where it won the special jury prize.
It is due to unspool in the British capital at the British Film Institute on September 11.
Director Anthony Baxter said he not only hopes Trump comes to the screening but that “he stays for the Q&A.”
“This will offer him an opportunity to comment on what an international film jury recently described as ‘one of the worst environmental crimes in recent U.K. history,'” Baxter said.
The 95-minute You’ve Been Trumped details the story of Trump’s attempts to build what he claims will be "the greatest golf course in the world" on one of the Scotland’s remaining wilderness areas.
The resort, which the Scottish Government gave the green light following a contentious planning inquiry, involves building two golf courses on a site described by scientists as ‘the crown jewels of Scotland’s natural heritage’ north of Aberdeen.
Simon Bateson, artistic director for Take One Action said: "We're delighted to once again be taking world-changing cinema to the heart of power in Scotland, and few films are as relevant to the influence that ordinary people in Scotland have - or don't have - on our environment and decision-makers."