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Guardian film critic under fire for targeting Stroud as a disaster movie destination

By Ben_Falconer  |  Posted: August 28, 2014

Joe Queenan suggests Stroud gets the disaster movie treatment. Picture by Paul Warren

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STROUD traders and leaders are asking what the town has done to deserve being targeted for annihilation in a disaster movie.

Guardian film critic Joe Queenan suggested the film industry leaves the more usual world-famous city landmarks alone and gives Stroud the disaster movie treatment instead.

In “Disaster movies keep trashing New York. Why not Stroud?” Mr Queenan wrote: “Finally, I know it's asking a lot, but I've spent a lot of time in the Cotswolds, and I would be beholden to Hollywood if it would take out Stroud. And when I say "take it out", I mean, take it out the right way. Take it out with extreme prejudice. Who's going to complain about that?”

Known for his tongue-in-cheek style, he called for film makers to give his home city of New York and other major world cities a break in favour of “second tier” locations such as Bristol and Helsinki. But he offers no further explanation as to why Stroud should get a visit from monsters, aliens, or extreme weather.

“What has Stroud ever done to him?” asked a bemused Stroud town mayor, Amanda Moriarty. “It’s not very clear and I think the piece is quite badly written.”

Simon Powell, co-owner of The Toy Shop and Brilliant Disguise in Stroud High Street said: “If aliens did come to Stroud they would probably like what they found and wouldn’t need to go anywhere else.

“If they did come and just level off the High Street to make it easier to walk up, that could be beneficial.”

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  • MentalBeaver  |  August 29 2014, 12:27PM

    But would anyone actually notice?

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  • jas37  |  August 28 2014, 8:19PM

    As a result we might even see some new Houses being built in Stroud instead of on the edge of Gloucester.

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  • KeyBored  |  August 28 2014, 5:03PM

    Ooooh the Stroud NIMBYs won't like this... If Stroud was flattened in a disaster movies scenario... It would ruin the view from their houses or affect the value of their homes.... ;) then we would be subjected to another picture in the citizen of them holding up plaquards and looking sad.

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