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!


Subscribe to the blog and keep up with all the latest Aussie film and entertainment news. Read about what the stars are up to, who's in town, what movies are currently filming or being promoted. Locate us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/sydneyonscreen and "like" our page!

Sydney on Screen walking guides now on sale!

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!

Copyright © 2011 by Luke Brighty / Unless otherwise specified, all photographs on this blog copyright © 2011 by Luke Brighty

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

Travel Concierge, Sydney International Airport, Terminal 1 Arrivals Hall (between gates A/B and C/D), Mascot - Ph: 1300 40 20 60

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

The Justice & Police Museum shop, corner of Albert & Phillip Streets, Sydney - Ph: (02) 9252 1144

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

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

Travel Up! (travel counter) c/o Wake Up Sydney Central, 509 Pitt Street, Sydney - Ph (02) 9288 7888

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

NSW, interstate and international customers can order copies of Sydney on Screen using PayPal. Contact us at sydneyonscreen@hotmail.com to inquire about cost and shipping fees.

All four volumes of Sydney on Screen are available to download onto your PC or Kindle at:
Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.fr, Amazon.de, Amazon.es and Amazon.it

Saying I love you with a train crash

Behind the scenes on Event Zero. Photo: Clark Carter

Giles Hardie, The Sydney Morning Herald, reports

Enzo Tedeschi and Julian Harvey are more used to guerrilla filmmaking than warfare, yet they dabbled in a little of both on Tuesday as a temporary office space in Gladesville was transformed into a terrorist crafted train crash at Circular Quay for the purposes of making movie magic.

An idea born out of the Tokyo sarin attacks, Event Zero is a web series funded by the pair's successful 60 second pitch in the Movie Extra Webfest competition that will consist of seven three minutes webisodes, each a different perspective on one story that begins with a terrorist attack on Sydney, spiralling from crash, to chemical warfare to conspiracy theory. "It was just an idea that we had kicking round the back that we thought was really cool," Harvey said on the set.

As far as career trajectories go, Harvey and Tedeschi's is oddly counter-intuitive. Having taken the mantle of torrent-funding pioneers last year to fund their feature film The Tunnel, a horror film about a monster lurking in the tunnels beneath Sydney, they now have an actual budget of $100,000 to make less than thirty minutes of story. And now they have money, they yearn for more screen time. "You've got this really restrictive parameter, so you have to be creative and every little detail counts," said Harvey.

City Rail aren't involved in the series - hence a credit for a Gladesville industrial estate in the role of Circular Quay train station - as the crash itself is digital and the stories rapidly move away from the train, but wannabe extras might find the crew filming around Circular Quay in the next few days.

Given that a generic location would be easier, crashing a train in Circular Quay is oddly a perverse love letter to Sydney. "I have a personal gripe with Aussie film makers who go out of their way to make it not be Australian," said Tedeschi. "It's one of the most awesome, readily identifiable cities in the world it's no different to using New York or Paris or all those cities that get used."

In fact the pair are so in love with the city, they've now put a monster underneath it and attacked it with terrorists. "Next time it will be aliens destroying the whole city or something like that," promises Harvey.

No comments:

Post a Comment