Bulletproof Producers VERTIGO Take On TRUMP with New TV Series Dramatisation Of Acclaimed Documentary YOU’VE BEEN TRUMPED
On the eve of the biggest US election in living memory, Bulletproof producers announce New Drama Series YOU’VE BEEN TRUMPED
VERTIGO TAKE ON ‘TRUMP’ WITH BLAZING GRIFFIN
Vertigo TV, the production company behind acclaimed dramas, Bulletproof and Britannia, are delighted to have teamed up with Blazing Griffin on their first joint venture: You’ve Been Trumped! The companies will collaborate on a TV series dramatisation of the critically acclaimed 2011 documentary by Anthony Baxter.
The documentary went on to win many awards and become IMDB’s highest-rated documentary ever. The Guardian’s Mark Kermode described the documentary as “Quite extraordinary, Trump acts like a monster, but the film will also charm you, go see!”.
You’ve Been Trumped! tells the extraordinary true story of what happens when everyday Scots take on one of the world’s most powerful families. The show will be based around Donald J. Trump’s decision to build a luxury golf course in the middle of a treasured Scottish nature reserve. Locals who live on the land take on the fight to preserve their way of life – and their homes.
The stakes couldn’t be higher when the Trump Organisation resort to ruthless and mob-like tactics in an attempt to isolate and discredit the locals while making their homes unliveable. But the locals don’t give up easily; farmer Michael Forbes and his family’s stoic resistance, make them an ever-present thorn in the side of the resort, with Forbes’ dogged and valiant efforts rewarded by being awarded Scotsman of the Year in 2012, beating the likes of Andy Murray, Billy Connolly and Sir Christopher Hoy.
Director of the original feature documentary Anthony Baxter explains, “As I followed the local heroes of Scotland standing up to Donald Trump in the David vs Goliath of You've Been Trumped!, fact seemed stranger than fiction. And few writers could possibly have envisaged what would happen next. So, I'm delighted to be a part of the incredible team turning the extraordinary story of Trump in Scotland into a gripping, landmark drama."
Allan Niblo of Vertigo states, “I am thrilled to be working with Blazing Griffin and Montrose Pictures on bringing this astonishing and heart-warming true story to a worldwide audience. It’s a potent and shocking study of the corrupting and intimidating influence of power versus the sheer indefatigability and single-minded spirit of ordinary decent people.”
Naysun Alae-Carew of Blazing Griffith adds "After working with Vertigo Films in 2018 on Anna and The Apocalypse, we are really exciting to be working alongside them again. This is an important Scottish story with global resonance, and Vertigo are the UK’s best producer of high-end TV, so we can’t think of anyone better to be working with to bring Anthony Baxter's highly acclaimed and incredibly revealing documentary to television."
Vertigo aim to assign a writer imminently, for what will be an eight-part drama series.
Vertigo Films is a British independent TV and Film company founded in 2002. Having built up one of the most successful feature film businesses in the UK with a number of box office and critical hits, the company encompasses production, distribution, sales and post-production, and more recently the company has been concentrating on television production.
With the focus on original, cinematic and international stories and a unique expertise in marketing, it has led to the success of its first two shows for Sky – Britannia and Bulletproof which are both in their 3rd seasons. The company has several other shows set up for production in 2021, which will be announced soon.
Vertigo was recently voted No.3 in Televisual’s Production 100 on the UK True Independent Power List.
About Blazing Griffin
Blazing Griffin is a BAFTA-winning Glasgow-based digital entertainment company, which specialises in telling stories across a wide range of platforms and mediums, with a specific focus on video game development, film and TV development and production and post production services. The company is known for the award-winning feature film Anna And The Apocalypse (Orion) and the Apple Arcade launch game Murder Mystery Machine among many others.