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Trumping a movie great

IT is a moot point whether Bill Forsyth's great movie Local Hero can ever be trumped.

Released in 1983, it won a Bafta for best director and was voted one of the top 10 films of the year by the National Board of Review Awards. It successfully fused those two great strands of Scottish film-making, whimsy and social realism.

It is heaping unfair pressure, then, on Skye-based Young Films, producers of the box-office smash The Inbetweeners Movie, and the makers of the award-winning documentary You've Been Trumped, to dub their planned new feature film on the controversy over Donald Trump's multimillion-pound golf course at Menie, Aberdeenshire, as "a Local Hero for the 21st century".

The comparisons are irresistible: a David and Goliath battle between a mega-rich tycoon and a community determined to hold on to what they have. Local Hero was partly filmed in the village of Pennan, just up the coast from the Trump golf course at Menie.

In the 1983 movie, businessman Burt Lancaster eventually came to accept that the game was a bogey. Mr Trump, of course, will not accept defeat. All those who know him will acknowledge that this is par for the course.

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