Haven't we all at some point in time fantasized about stepping through a cinema/TV screen and into the world of our favourite movies and television shows? I certainly have!

With its modern, urban setting and stunning harbour, it is easy to see why Sydney leads the way as an ideal and versatile shooting destination. Movies shot here have been set in New York (Godzilla: Final Wars, Kangaroo Jack), Chicago (The Matrix and sequels), London (Birthday Girl), Seville (Mission Impossible 2), Bombay (Holy Smoke), Darwin (Australia), Myanmar (Stealth), Mars (Red Planet) and the fictitious city of Metropolis (Superman Returns, Babe: Pig in the City).

Whether popular landmarks or off the beaten track locations that are often hard to find, you can now explore Sydney in a fun and unique way with the SYDNEY ON SCREEN walking guides. Catering to Sydneysiders as much as visitors, the guides have something to offer everyone, from history, architecture and movie buffs to nature lovers.

See where productions such as Superman Returns, The Matrix and sequels, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Candy, Mission Impossible 2, Mao's Last Dancer, Babe: Pig in the City, Kangaroo Jack, The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, Muriel's Wedding, The Bold and the Beautiful, Oprah's Ultimate Australian Adventure and many more were filmed.

Maps and up-to-date information on Sydney's attractions are provided to help you plan your walk. Pick and choose from the suggested itinerary to see as little or as much of the city as you like.

So, come and discover the landscapes and locations that draw filmmakers to magical Sydney, and walk in the footsteps of the stars!


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Australian period drama to rival Downton Abbey

Hit period drama <i>Downton Abbey</i>.
Hit period drama Downton Abbey.

The Sydney Morning Herald reports

Australian TV networks are being offered a high-end local historical drama, designed to rival benchmark shows Downton Abbey and Deadwood.

The TV mini-series in development, based on the best-selling novel Vale Valhalla, is being produced to commemorate the 100th anniversary of World War I.

Beneath Hill 60's producer Bill Leimbach and director Jeremy Sims have been retained by the novel's author, Joy Chambers (Neighbours regular and wife of television mogul Reg Grundy), to produce the 13-part series, Caroline's War: Vale Valhalla.

The series will trace the lives of three families from the early 1890s in Brisbane through the years prior to and during the Great War of 1914-1918, culminating at the end of that harrowing conflict.

Sims says the epic drama is driven by action, tragedy and romance and will tap into the fascination that the world has for the Great War.

"I will look to a series like The World at War for historical detail as a guide as it's still one of the most popular and profitable documentary series ever made," he says.

Sims says he will find the right writers and directors to work with.

"People that have a love and interest in this period of history, along with an innate fascination for the maelstrom of change," he says.

"The story offers a unique opportunity to dramatise both the conditions that laid the foundations that swept the world at the end of the Great War and the war itself," Sims says.

He also says they intend to bring together a great cast of world-renowned actors to "deliver the emotional punch".

While no-one has officially been cast, the producers have cheekily used an image of Australian actor and Thor star Chris Hemsworth for their promotional poster.

Leimbach says with Hemsworth's star rising in Hollywood it might be difficult to secure him in a role "but he's at the top of our wish list."

1 comment:

  1. I hope they realise the doco "The World at War" is about WWII and not WWI