You've Been Trumped

Because Money and Power Should Not Cost the Earth.
Anthony Baxter
United Kingdom
2 Team Members
You've Been Trumped is a sponsored project of Sheffield Doc/Fest

We've been battling the police and the Scottish Government, to film a story we feel must be told.  You've Been Trumped is an urgent examination of Donald Trump's plans to construct a luxury golf resort on one of the most environmentally sensitive stretches of land in Europe. 

jónsi is doing his part. The lead singer from Sigur Ros has offered his extraordinary music for the film.

Now, we need your help.

What's at Stake 

Described as 'Scotland's Amazon rain forest' by the country's leading climate change expert, the stretch of untouched coastal wilderness north of Aberdeen has Britain's top convservation ranking.

No large scale development is supposed to take place there.  Yet Donald Trump is now building a millionaire's playground - 1500 houses, a 450 bed hotel and two golf courses. 

Donald Trump claims he has 'great support' from the environmental groups.  However, the film reveals how every major conservation group in Scotland has come out against the plan - including Scottish Natural Heritage, the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, the Scottish Wildlife Trust, and the Ramblers Association.  Scottish Natural Heritage - the Government's own environmental agency - says the resort will destroy the “the crown jewels” of Scotland’s natural heritage. And Scotland is bursting with golf courses already. 

Yet Mr Trump has convinced the Scottish Government to upend the planning process and its own environmental laws on the pretext that the project is “in the national interest”. 

The documentary calls into question this extraordinary decision. And follows a cast of real-life "Local Heroes" (the classic film was made just up the coast)  as they battle against the odds to protect the ancient, globally important landscape that has been the backdrop to their lives. Their homes are under threat too - the authorities could level them to improve the view from the Trump hotel. 

During the course of filming we became amongst the first journalists ever jailed in the United Kingdom simply for conducting an interview. Our crime? Investigating the cutting off of an 86-year-old woman's water by crews employed by Mr Trump. Our footage and camera equipment was confiscated too. According to the National Union of Journalists, this police action was 'unprecedented'.  You can read about it here in The Guardian.

If you care about our planet, human decency, and freedom of speech, then please help us finish this film.

What We Need

You've Been Trumped will get its world premiere at North America's biggest film festival - Hot Docs in Toronto - on Tuesday 3rd May at 9pm.  We're nearly there!  Please check out our new website with full details.

We've paid for all the filming and almost all of the editing ourselves. But now we have to come up with almost $20,000 for what people in the business call “post production”. Stuff like the final sound mix, colour correction, and titling. And there's insurance, rights clearances and the like.

Other Ways You Can Help

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    Inbox Updates & Gratitude

    Exclusive updates from pre-production through release delivered to your inbox and our sincerest gratitude.

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    Digital Download of Film

    By donating $35 (about £21), you get a digital download of the film (which is better quality than DVD, and better for the planet). Exclusive updates from pre-production through release delivered to your inbox and our sincerest gratitude.

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    jónsi contribution

    jónsi's music is an incredibly powerful addition to You've Been Trumped and jónsi has signed two limited edition DVDs to help us finish the film - Go Quiet and Go Live. They will go to two lucky winners drawn out of a hat the day the campaign is over from those who choose this Perk. Everyone making this donation of $95 (about £58) will also get unique jónsi poster (shipped worldwide), a digital download of the film and our sincere gratitude.

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    Your Name in Lights

    For any donation of $100 (about £62) or more your name will be included in the film's closing credits. You will also get a digital download of the completed film and our sincere gratitude.

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    Director's Screening

    All those who donate $250 (about £155) are invited to a special screening at a private cinema in Montrose, Scotland, with Director Anthony Baxter. Famous Montrose Fish and Chip supper and a glass of fizz included (but not transport). Plus a Limited Edition DVD and our sincere thanks.

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    Eco Golf

    For a donation of $280 (about £173) enjoy a round of golf with the film's Producer Richard Phinney on the links at Montrose. No bulldozers were used to build this classic links. The second oldest golfing ground in the world, and home to Royal Montrose, the 8th oldest golf club in the world. Lunch included. But not transport.

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    Local Hero Walk

    For a donation of $500 (about £310) come on a guided walk with filmmaker Anthony Baxter to the Local Hero village of Pennan – plus dinner and accommodation at the village inn. Start at the beautiful "singing beach" at Aberdour, where Jacobite leaders hid in caves after the battle of Culloden. It's a 5 mile walk to Pennan, where you can have your photo taken at the famous Local Hero phone box (also featured in You've Been Trumped), and trace the footsteps of Burt Lancaster.

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    For a donation of £1000 (about £618) receive any of the perks above, plus become part of the team. Receive 10 copies of the film on DVD, your own credit on the film and a listing in IMDb. You will also be invited to attend the world premiere (transport not included).

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