I am too busy to blog- that's evident, but last year when I wasn't so busy I wrote a review about a film that is very close to my heart and indeed my house. That film is You've Been Trumped which is directed by Montrose based filmmaker Anthony Baxter.
My sister Lindsay and I have been opposed to the Trump golf development at the Menie Sands (which are situated beside Balmedie in Aberdeenshire) from the day the proposals were first announced. We've argued with friends and family over it, we've got too angry and tied ourselves in knots trying to figure out why politicians and councillors we previously trusted have rolled over and allowed US based tycoon Donald Trump to build on and destroy a Site of Special Scientific Interest which should be protected by law. We've watched in disgust as local residents have been bullied when they refused to sell their family homes to allow Trump to realise his plans for a huge golf and hotel resort, which hardly anyone in the local area will even be able to get membership for. We scoured the local papers for any reports on the disgraceful acts that Trumps security firms were committing for example detaining a female horse rider by force for merely riding her horse along the beach which bordered the Trump owned land. It almost seemed that even the local press were in Trump's power too, as coverage of these events was either non-existent, biased or scant at best.
Whilst all this was going on Anthony Baxter was filming the whole thing. His film is fantastic but did nothing to stop Lindsay and I being utterly despairing about the situation over at Menie Sands. We thought that we were living in a democracy. It turns out that there were things in that film we didn't know had happened that made us even more angry. As we sat at teh premiere of the film we were angry but at the same time we were also proud of the Menie residents who are still standing up to Donald Trump and delighted that Baxter had documented it all for the truth to finally be known. Not one review of the film appeared in the local press. Only one journalist from local radio station Northsound was present at the premiere. No BBC Scotland, no STV, no Press and Journal; the film was being blackballed.
You can read my full review here.
I spoke briefly to Anthony Baxter at the premiere of the film which was also attended by the Menie residents. I asked him if he would come and speak to my students one day about making his film. I have kept in touch Ant via twitter, but I don't think he will be visiting Aberdeen College any time soon and this pleases me greatly. Why? Because You've Been Trumped has become a huge success. it has won awards all over the place, Michael Moore has championed it and audiences all over Canada and the US have been talking about the film and OUR STORY!
This week actress and broadcaster Rosie O'Donnell saw the film and was blown away. She invited Anthony onto her show "Rosie" which is watched by millions.
Here is his interview with Rosie O'Donnell. This is an important film. Please go and see it if you can. Trump hasn't beaten us yet.
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