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Film renews fight over Giant's Causeway golf resort

By Joanne Sweeney

Protesters against the development of a golf resort at the Giant's Causeway have pinned their hopes on reopening the debate on a new documentary film.

Environmental pressure group Friends of the Earth claims that the documentary from acclaimed director Anthony Baxter will "shine a light on the damage done" by golf course developers at historical sites.

Work on the £100m Bushmills Dunes Resort is expected to start by the end of the year.

The go-ahead to proceed with the 18-hole championship golf course and a 5-star hotel complex was given in 2013 after a High Court challenge by The National Trust, which runs the Giants Causeway, over planning approval.

However, James Orr, director of Friends of the Earth, said: "(This) development would do serious damage to the wilderness setting of the Giant's Causeway and should be substantially scaled back to protect our only World Heritage Site from significant harm."

He added: "This film shines a light on the damage done by those determined to develop golf courses on environmentally and historically precious sites."

A Dangerous Game is a sequel to Baxter's award-winning 2011 film You've Been Trumped, which documented the David and Goliath fight between Donald Trump and a group of residents opposed to a golf resort at Aberdeenshire.

Baxter will be attending the screening at the QFT next Tuesday at 6.30pm.

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