8 items from 2012
• You've Been Trumped alleges bullying by Us property magnate
• Fury at 'biased and manipulative' documentary on golf resort
Donald Trump tried to force the BBC to drop the broadcast of a critically acclaimed documentary on his alleged bullying of residents near his Scottish golf resort.
Lawyers for the New York property magnate contacted the BBC two days before the feature-length film You've Been Trumped was screened on BBC2 on Sunday night, claiming it was highly defamatory, biased and misleading, and demanding a right of reply.
In a letter to the BBC from Dundas & Wilson, a prominent Scottish law firm which has acted for Trump for several years, and seen by the Guardian, the Trump organisation threatened to complain formally to Ofcom and the BBC Trust if the screening went ahead.
The BBC rejected the request and gave the documentary, directed by Anthony Baxter, its network television premiere. It was watched by an estimated 1.1 million viewers, »
- Severin Carrell
Us billionaire's right-hand man hits back after Bill Forsyth accuses magnate of 'egotistical bullying'
The film-maker Bill Forsyth has been described by Donald Trump's organisation as a "misinformed jackass" after he accused the property magnate of "egotistical bullying" at his golf course near Aberdeen.
In an article for the Guardian, Forsyth said there were strong parallels between Trump's efforts to remove local people living next to his now mothballed £750m golf resort and Forsyth's fictional Us billionaire in his cult classic Local Hero from 1983, which won the best film Bafta.
The director said You've Been Trumped, an award-winning documentary investigating the experiences of Trump's nearest neighbours being shown on BBC2 this Sunday, was "akin to 1970s Romania".
He said: "We're watching real lives and livelihoods mercilessly put to hazard by a malign concoction of egotistical bullying, corporate muscle-flexing, craven averting of gaze by national politicians and crass misreading of events by local authorities, »
- Severin Carrell
I make things up for a living. I don't get out much and I haven't allowed a newspaper in the house for thirty years, so I truly live in a world of fiction. I've got by with Louis B Mayer's definition of a documentary being a film without girls in it, while a semi documentary has one girl. Recently however, I've been obliged to confront reality head-on in the form of the film You've Been Trumped.
It turns out that an old piece of fiction of mine, Local Hero, bears unavoidable comparison with real life events in Aberdeenshire where the property developer Donald Trump is building his "world class" golf resort, captured in Anthony Baxter »
- Bill Forsyth
Box-office takings can soar when it rains … so what happened this year?
The story goes that when Kirk Douglas was filming To Catch A Spy in 1970 on the west coast of Scotland, he grew increasingly exasperated by the relentless bad weather. One day, suffering cabin fever in his dismal hotel, he put on his mac and went out for a walk, taking shelter at a bus stop where his only companion was a young boy. "Tell me, son, does it rain here all the time?" he asked. After a long pause, the boy answered: "I wouldn't know. I'm only 11 years old."
Douglas's experience underlines something Brits have long known: our weather is notoriously unsettled. Drought warnings are no guarantee it won't soon be raining long and hard.
Our film industry remains dangerously dependent on the weather. On an independent film, it is estimated that up to 40% of the potential opening »
- Geoffrey Macnab
A couple of weeks ago, I got to conduct my first interview in a cinema (and I now wish all my interviews could take place in that environment) as I got to sit down and chat with David McIntosh who is the Vice President of Sony Digital Cinema. We met up in Vue Cinema in Fulham surrounded by billboards of upcoming movies which set the scene nicely for our topic area.
He’s an extremely knowledgeable chap and has worked for Sony for nearly 25 years. In that time he has moved from Chief Financial Officer to the technical side of the business to Sony’s Vice President of Digital Cinema.
I got to chat with him about how technology has changed, where we see it going and he gives me the full low-down on their newest cinema technology Sony 4K which Sony believe is the future of cinema. Since it’s inception, »
- David Sztypuljak
Lasse Hallström could have made a satirical, Ealing-style comedy, but instead his new film is simply corny froth
More Field Of Dreams than Field And Stream, Salmon Fishing In The Yemen urges us to dream big, no matter how silly or ridiculous the dream in question may be, and to swim against the current in the fearless and indomitable manner of its titular pink delicacy. In other words, it's just another damn Lasse Hallström movie, with much of the satiric energy of Paul Torday's much wiser and sharper novel drained off and replaced by the kind of corn that you expect from a surging-strings sentimentalist like Hallström.
Not that the elements for success don't abound: there are strong performances from well-cast and likable players such as Ewan McGregor and Emily Blunt, and Kristin Scott Thomas giving it the Mach 4, sit-up-straight aristocratic routine. Not only that, the source novel definitely »
- John Patterson
This dull, unimaginative comedy stars an unhappy David Tennant as an English novelist coming to a remote Scottish island to marry his fiancee, a self-centred Hollywood star (a bewildered Alice Eve), in secret. Their PR man hires a reluctant local girl (an ill-at-ease Kelly Macdonald) to fool the paparazzi, and something less than a mirthful time is had by all. It's a mishmash of three famous Scottish pictures about canny folk from the Highlands and Islands getting the better of visiting Sassenachs: Alexander Mackendrick's Whisky Galore, Powell and Pressburger's I Know Where I'm Going and Bill Forsyth's Local Hero. It should have been called "I Know Where I'm Gurning".
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- Philip French
Two words said it all. Moments after winning a Golden Globe for his score for The Social Network last year, Nine Inch Nails' Trent Reznor tweeted "Holy shit!" Industrial rock singers aren't in the habit of winning Golden Globes for film scores, and certainly not their first one. But the landscape has changed in recent years – and is still doing so, fast. Two cinema releases this week alone have had their scores composed by singers: Sigur Rós' Jónsi has done the honours on Cameron Crowe's We Bought A Zoo, while Devo frontman Mark Mothersbaugh is responsible for 21 Jump Street.
- Alex Godfrey
8 items from 2012
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