You've Been Trumped

You've Been Trumped

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Documentary uncovering the David and Goliath battle between a band of proud Scottish homeowners and celebrity tycoon Donald Trump, who wants to build golf courses on their rare stretch of British wilderness. More

The strange-haired, American billionaire has bought up hundreds of acres on the northeast coast of Scotland. He needs to buy out a few more locals to make the deal come true - Trump wants to build two golf courses, alongside a 450-room hotel and 1,500 luxury homes. The trouble is, the land he has purchased occupies one of Europe’s most environmentally sensitive stretches of coast, described by one leading scientist as Scotland’s Amazon rain forest. A handful of local residents don't want it destroyed. 

After the Scottish Government overturns its own environmental laws to give Trump the green light, the stage is set for an extraordinary summer of discontent, as the bulldozers spring into action. Water and power is cut off, land disputes erupt, and some residents have thousands of tonnes of earth piled up next to their homes. Local exasperation comes to a surreal head as the now 'Dr' Trump scoops up an honorary doctorate from a local university, even as his tractors turn wild, untouched dunes into fairways.

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2011Rating: PG, contains low level offensive language95 minsUK
Documentary
Director:
Anthony Baxter (feature debut)
Cast:
Michael ForbesDonald Trump

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You've Been Trumped | Reviews

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Flicks

Flicks, Liam Maguren

It’s not hard to vilify Donald Trump. It’s a feat easily achieved by exposing moments of his wealth-infused arrogance and complementing them with the odd close-up of his seemingly soulless pupils. You’ve Been Trumped jumps all over this opportunity, though it never forgets its key objective (even if it is edited like an episode of America’s Most Wanted).

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Variety

Variety

This mostly entertaining film lacks an official host or voiceover narration, which first works swimmingly but eventually becomes too diffuse.

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Total Film

Total Film

A vital, visceral antidote to Trump's slick PR machine.

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Time Out

Time Out

Bound to surprise absolutely no one, Donald Trump comes off like a shameless boor in this slack, hiss-jerking documentary about his efforts to build a luxurious golf resort on hundreds of pristine acres of the Scottish coast.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

Mr. Trump comes across as an insensitive, lying bully who will do whatever it takes to realize his dream of creating what he promises will be the world's greatest golf resort.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

It treads lightly on the earth: an example, as well as an education.

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Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

In medieval times, the nobility enjoyed something called droit du seigneur, their right to deflower their serfs' virgin daughters before their marriage. These days the nobility has been replaced by billionaire bullies, who continue to screw us serfs.

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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

A potent study of the intimidating power of money not in theory but on the ground, an examination of how a wealthy man with a boundless sense of entitlement can strong-arm all opposition without really breaking a sweat.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

Modest but revealing documentary.

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A.V. Club

A.V. Club

Aside from the corny title, Anthony Baxter's You've Been Trumped is a fine, powerful piece of documentary filmmaking, using old-fashioned vérité techniques - and more than a little audience manipulation - to show how political influence and media savvy help the wealthy exert their will.

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You've Been Trumped | Release Details

You've Been Trumped is available to stream in New Zealand now on Google Play and DocPlay and Apple TV.