June 24, 2004 7:23 AM   Subscribe

Win a part in the new Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy movie, by submitting to The Guide, a photograph of the place on Earth you think most deserves to survive the planet's inevitable destruction. Deadline: Friday 25 June 2004.
posted by Blue Stone (15 comments total)
This is good. Can't leave this sort of thing up to Vogons now can we.
posted by valis at 7:57 AM on June 24, 2004

Pity it's for UK only... Should be open to all nations with the Queen on their money.
posted by Robot Johnny at 8:21 AM on June 24, 2004

Just don't you dare forget your towel.
posted by gen at 8:21 AM on June 24, 2004

Douglas Adams himself made a note of the most beautiful spot on Earth in his book/travelougue Last Chance to See. He describes Fjordland, New Zealand as "the only spot on earth where just looking at it makes you burst into spontaneous applause."
posted by XQUZYPHYR at 8:26 AM on June 24, 2004

Clearly nowhere in New Jersey.
posted by xmutex at 8:51 AM on June 24, 2004

...except as a cautionary marker for future species.

Just reading stuff like this makes me realize how little of this planet I've actually seen.
posted by chicobangs at 8:59 AM on June 24, 2004

I'm not sure how it'll turn out, but I'd just like to say that I think the cast for this movie is the most perfect thing ever assembled.

Even Mos Def.
posted by hughbot at 9:03 AM on June 24, 2004

My house, duh.
posted by mr_crash_davis at 9:08 AM on June 24, 2004

Mos Def is generally great. He's billed as Jones in the movie version of A Confederacy of Dunces. Although the rest of that cast (Lily Tomlin as Mrs. Reilly, Olympia Dukakis as Santa, Drew Barrymore as Darlene) leaves a lot to be desired.

But I think Will Ferrel could nail Ignatius.

Anyway, back on topic.
posted by xmutex at 9:08 AM on June 24, 2004

Actually parts of New Jersey are quite beautiful and not just in
that modern ruins way that is all the rage these days.

but realistically, I know what you mean.

I'm still not sure about this movie. If it's popular does it mean that there will be cheesy merchandising, brainless tie-ins, and the dilution of the original content, all trying to suck a few more dollars from it. Consider all the things that Adams has written on the topic of "advertising executives" and their ethics. Will it make even someone who has actually worn out a few copies of hitchhiker, like so many well-loved velveteen rabbits, sick of the whole franchise.

I hope not.
posted by milovoo at 9:29 AM on June 24, 2004

Um... the Mojove Dessert - adding as one day it may be beach front property - it comes with its own sand.
posted by thomcatspike at 10:22 AM on June 24, 2004

I can show you a disused lavatory with a sign on the door saying "Beware of the leopard."
posted by octobersurprise at 11:16 AM on June 24, 2004

Hopefully, the Vogons won't save some boring cultural place and save a nice corporate place instead.
posted by Loudmax at 11:38 AM on June 24, 2004

I'd love a holiday in Cambodia, myself.
posted by chicobangs at 12:09 PM on June 24, 2004

Although the competition is only for UK people (and closes in 2 hours!) there may be something in the future for non-UK residents:
Sadly, BBC rules state that competitions need to be directed towards license-fee payers - ie, people in the UK. However, although we can't offer competitions to our oversees members, we are close to announcing a different project along the same lines that will be open to all.
Have to say, some of the entries we've received so far have been marvellous shots from all over the globe.

One of the other reasons why the winner would have to be in the UK at the moment - from a purely practical perspective - is that the Producers of the movie are stumping up the travel expenses for the winner, and it wouldn't really be the done thing to expect them to pay someone to come over from abroad *twice* in one month. smiley

However, as I mentioned earlier, if non-UK Researchers have photos that they might have contributed, hang on to them. Can't say any more, but we're hoping to be able to make good use of them soon...
posted by Blue Stone at 1:55 PM on June 24, 2004

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