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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Blanchett 'pitch perfect'

Cate Blanchett in Gross und Klein. Photo: Lisa Tomasetti

Karl Quinn, The Sydney Morning Herald, reports

Cate Blanchett has received one of the most glowing reviews in a career not short on praise for her performance in an absurdist German play on the London stage.

Euan Ferguson, theatre critic of The Observer Sunday newspaper, hailed Blanchett’s turn as Lotte in the Sydney Theatre Company's touring production of Gross und Klein (Big and Little), which opened at the Barbican on Saturday, as ''pitch perfect''.

''Cate Blanchett is beyond terrific. Whimperingly, blisteringly terrific. She is a revelation,'' the critic gushed.

Ferguson reported there were four ovations from the audience at the end of the three-hour production, ''which I think we can safely wager is the first time for a while that a London audience has felt that way about lengthy German surrealist drama''.

They weren't, he insisted, merely lauding a Hollywood star. ''They were applauding the realisation that sometimes, just sometimes, a person truly deserves to be a star.''

Ferguson's was the first review from the mainstream media, but website theartsdesk.com echoed his praise, if not his exuberance. ''Blanchett's performance has an inspiring quality that is constantly surprising and often moving,'' its critic wrote.

During its hometown season, the STC production drew similar plaudits for Blanchett, who is also with husband Andrew Upton, the outgoing artistic director of the company.

''Blanchett gives the performance of her career,'' opined the Sun Herald. ''This is a stunningly expressive performance ... her extraordinary vocal and physical skills as an actor have never been in doubt, but here she is magnificent,'' claimed The Australian. Hers was ''a performance of uncanny detail and riveting in its unpredictability'' said the Sydney Morning Herald.

The STC production of Gross und Klein is being staged in London as part of the city's cultural Olympiad. It has just come off a short season in Paris, where Blanchett received the Chevalier Medal, one of France's highest cultural awards, and will soon move on to Vienna and then to Recklinghausen in Germany.

In July, the STC will take its production of Uncle Vanya to New York (it took the play to Washington last year). If past form is any indicator, that could mean more plaudits for Blanchett: in 2011, The Washington Post’s theatre critic Peter Marks declared the company's staging of Chekhov's play the best production of the year.

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