This film takes up where 'You've been Trumped' ends and takes the investigation further at the Menie Estate and into an unrelated luxury golf course development proposed for the vulnerable hills above Dubrovnik in Croatia. The film was probably made on a shoestring (or an overdraft), but does not look constrained at all as it covers a lot of ground with great pictures of golf courses in several countries. It is discouraging, but I guess not at all unexpected, that none of the promises made by Donald Trump for his development at the Menie Estate North of Aberdeen have been fulfilled. More disappointing is the way that Trump's victimised neighbours have been failed by Aberdeen Council and by the local MP, Alex Salmond. The revelation that Sarah Malone, the Vice President of Trump is married to the Editor of the Aberdeen Press and Journal, goes a long way to explaining the pro-Trump stance taken by that newspaper. The film also investigates an unrelated, and yet strikingly similar, project to build a golf course in the environmentally sensitive hills above Dubrovnik, against the democratically expressed and overwhelming objections of the local population. The film shows interviews with a range of deeply unpleasant people, including the Mayor of Dubrovnik and Donald Trump Junior. There is also a final interview with Donald Trump himself, who remains utterly convinced, of course, that he is right and everyone else is wrong. The film manages to cover a great deal of ground very well, including technical issues about chemical use and aquifer contamination - and environmental damage - and yet is actually quite suspenseful. An excellent film that deserves a very wide audience...
A Dangerous Game
A Dangerous Game
This sequel to You've Been Trumped (2011) investigates how land developers like Donald Trump use golf as an excuse to build huge luxurious resorts at the expense of the locals and their ecosystem, and abuse natural resources.
September 11, 2020