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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Click on the picture above to see a preview of all four walking guides and on the picture below to see larger stills of Sydney movie and television locations featured in the slideshow!

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Sydney on Screen guides are now available for purchase at the following outlets:

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The Museum of Sydney shop, corner of Bridge & Phillip Streets, Sydney - Ph: (02) 9251 4678

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The Mint shop, 10 Macquarie Street, Sydney - Ph: (02) 8239 2416

Hyde Park Barracks shop, Queen Square, Sydney - Ph: (02) 8239 2311

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The Shangri-La Hotel (concierge desk), 176 Cumberland Street, The Rocks, Sydney - Ph: (02) 9250 6018

The Sebel Pier One (concierge desk), 11 Hickson Road, Walsh Bay, Sydney - Ph: (02) 8298 9901

The Radisson Plaza Hotel Sydney (concierge desk), 27 O'Connell Street, Sydney - Ph: (02) 8214 0000

The Sydney Marriott Circular Quay (concierge desk), 30 Pitt Street, Sydney - Ph: (02) 9259 7000

Boobook on Owen, 1/68 Owen Street, Huskisson - Ph: (02) 4441 8585

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Half god, half Aussie

Ancient bed-head … Sam Worthington as reluctant hero Perseus.

Greg Truman, The Sydney Morning Herald, reports

Sam Worthington is armed with 'daggy' humour as Perseus in Wrath of the Titans.

Sam Worthington's performance in the Australian drama Somersault may seem an odd template for his latest swashbuckling Hollywood role as a monster-slaying, ancient Greek demigod but Wrath of the Titans is better for it.

Director Jonathan Liebesman (Battle: Los Angeles, Darkness Falls) is an unabashed fan of the actor in the 2004 Aussie indie film and urged Worthington to bring some of the intensity he brought to that dramatic role when it came to reprising the mythical character Perseus in the sequel to commercial blockbuster Clash of the Titans.

''He was so good in [Somersault],'' says Liebesman, a 35-year-old South African. ''He has a … quieter strength in that movie than other stuff. So we were trying to get him to embrace what he was good at.''

Worthington, whose global fame has been generated by his starring roles in Avatar, Terminator Salvation and 2010's Clash of the Titans, was pleased to bring a degree of complexity to Wrath.

Breaking the Hollywood mold, he had been publicly disparaging about his own performance in the hugely successful hit. Perth-raised Worthington was focused on ensuring he would add layers to the character for the sequel.

''I wanted [Perseus] to be a retired gunslinger,'' he says. ''He hasn't picked up his weapon for a while and he's rusty - he's going to get beat up.''

While the primary strength of the 3D version of Wrath is its thrillingly detailed computer-generated monsters, there is an effort to embellish the sometimes raucous fantasy with a more character-focused plot. In Wrath, Perseus, having defeated his evil grandfather, Kronos, is content with his life as a fisherman and father to 10-year-old Helius.

But Kronos is threatening to rise again, forcing Perseus into action to save his father, Zeus (Liam Neeson), and combat the threat of the demonic underworld. Amid the swordplay and impossible athleticism, Wrath also uses humour - ''daggy'' humour, Worthington says.

The actor's undisguised Australian accent, and the English dialects of co-stars Toby Kebbell (Agenor) and Bill Nighy (Hephaestus), may make some of the largely improvised gags difficult for American audiences to grasp but the levity is a welcome addition to the carnage.

''It lets the audience breathe,'' Worthington says.

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