Filmmaker Takes Credit for Donald Trump Putting Scottish Golf Resort On Hold
TORONTO – First You’ve Been Trumped doc maker Anthony Baxter took credit for Donald Trump saying no to a U.S. presidential run.
Now the Scottish filmmaker is cheering the Celebrity Apprentice mogul putting his luxury North Sea resort development plans on hold just as You’ve Been Trumped unspools on a nearby cinema screen in Aberdeen.
"After our Scottish bow notched up the fastest advance ticket sales since Harry Potter, we hear Trump's put his golf resort on hold," Baxter said.
His comments follow the billionaire property developer, in Aberdeen to view work on his £750 million luxury golf and resort development, indicating a poor property market has delayed work to build a luxury hotel and timeshare apartments to accompany his seaside golf course. Trump also told reporters when asked about You’ve Been Trumped that he has not seen the film, but that the publicity attending its Scottish premiere had ironically fuelled interest in his controversial golf course development.
"It has been amazing. People don't know how popular this whole project has been. Because of a small controversy with literally a couple of people, it has made worldwide news. That publicity has been very good for the course,” he said, according to the STV.TV website in Aberdeen.
Despite postponing the luxury hotel development, Trump said the Scottish golf course will open in July 2012, with Sean Connery as his preferred first guest to tee off.
Trump added he might screen the Scottish doc on his return flight to the U.S. But that's not likely, Baxter insisted.
The filmmaker recommended Trump attend a screening of You've Been Trumped in New York City on 7 July at the IFC Centre in Manhattan, as part of the Stranger than Fiction documentary series.
“We'd like Donald Trump to see his big screen debut on the big screen in New York. So we won't be giving him a copy to watch on the plane home, the filmmaker said.
You've Been Trumped premiered at the Hot Docs film festival in Toronto in May. The Aberdeen theatrical run will be followed by screenings from July 14 at the Cameo Theatre in Edinburgh.