Somehow, Michael Moore - director of such controversial documentaries as Fahrenheit 9/11, Bowling for Columbine, and Sicko - managed to keep his latest project almost completely under wraps until the first screening.
Michael Moore in TrumpLand was unveiled to the public last night during a screening at New York City’s IFC Centre, kickstarting its week-long run at the Los Angeles' Laemmle Town Center 5 in Encino.
The 73-minute live performance film sees the Oscar-winning director speak about the two candidates on stage in Ohio, a county that has four times as many Trump supporters as Clinton.
Speaking on stage just two weeks ago, Moore postulates what America would be like if either candidate got into the White House.
"We're flying by the seat of our pants here,” Moore told the premiere’s audience, according to The Hollywood Reporter. "Our goal is to have as many Americans see this over the next five or ten days.”
Donald Trump's most controversial quotes
Donald Trump's most controversial quotes
1/14 On Isis:
"Some of the candidates, they went in and didn’t know the air conditioner didn’t work and sweated like dogs, and they didn’t know the room was too big because they didn’t have anybody there. How are they going to beat ISIS?"
2/14 On immigration:
"I will build a great wall — and nobody builds walls better than me, believe me —and I’ll build them very inexpensively. I will build a great, great wall on our southern border, and I will make Mexico pay for that wall. Mark my words."
3/14 On Free Trade:
"Free trade is terrible. Free trade can be wonderful if you have smart people. But we have stupid people."
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4/14 On Mexicans:
"When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They’re sending people that have lots of problems. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists."
5/14 On China:
"I just sold an apartment for $15 million to somebody from China. Am I supposed to dislike them?... I love China. The biggest bank in the world is from China. You know where their United States headquarters is located? In this building, in Trump Tower."
6/14 On work:
"If you're interested in 'balancing' work and pleasure, stop trying to balance them. Instead make your work more pleasurable."
7/14 On success:
"What separates the winners from the losers is how a person reacts to each new twist of fate."
8/14 On life:
"Everything in life is luck."
9/14 On ambition:
"You have to think anyway, so why not think big?"
10/14 On his opponents:
"Bush is totally in favour of Common Core. I don't see how he can possibly get the nomination. He's weak on immigration. He's in favour of Common Core. How the hell can you vote for this guy? You just can't do it."
11/14 On Obamacare:
"You have to be hit by a tractor, literally, a tractor, to use it, because the deductibles are so high. It's virtually useless. And remember the $5 billion web site?... I have so many web sites, I have them all over the place. I hire people, they do a web site. It costs me $3."
12/14 On Barack Obama:
"Obama is going to be out playing golf. He might be on one of my courses. I would invite him. I have the best courses in the world. I have one right next to the White House."
13/14 On himself:
"Love him or hate him, Trump is a man who is certain about what he wants and sets out to get it, no holds barred. Women find his power almost as much of a turn-on as his money."
14/14 On America:
"The American Dream is dead. But if I get elected president I will bring it back bigger and better and stronger than ever before and we will make America great again."
When asked why he chose Ohio, he said: “To us, this was TrumpLand. I wanted to do this not in a safe place, but in a place where we’d need a lot of security, which we had.”
With regards the film’s international release, Moore revealed that things were “coming together in a very rapid-fire way,” adding it would hopefully be available via video-on-demand services in the near future.
In the film, Moore heavily criticises Trump supporters, arguing how “white men over 35 are obsolete… and that's why they're at the Trump rallies,” while women are unproblematic.
“No women invented a hydrogen or atomic bomb, and no girls have gone into schools to shoot them up,” he says. “We're actually quite safe from 51 percent of the population,” he explains. “Whatever you're afraid of does not wear a dress — or a pantsuit.”
There are also imagined news segments from a post-Trump winning world that include aerial strikes on Mexico, a state-operated news channel from Breitbart, and Rosie O’Donnell being deported from the country. During the film, Moore also concludes that, despite never wanting to vote for Clinton before, he would be this election because: “The enemy of my enemy is who I’m voting for on Nov. 8.”
Notably, at the recorded performance, Trump supporters were seated away from "Mexican and Mexican-looking Americans” to make “Trump people feel more comfortable”, a fake brick wall between the two.
After the screening, he added: "If I leave here tonight with people thinking that this was just a nice funny show and that we’re not in any kind of trouble here because Trump has imploded, ... the shitshow isn’t over.”
Numerous famous faces have taken to criticising Trump in past weeks, most recently Will.i.am who released a song about the infamous “grab them by the p***y” comments. South Park also joined in the Trump-bashing, releasing a clip of their version of Trump - Mr Garrison - being a stand-up comedian.Reuse content