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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Cate Blanchett awarded French cultural honour

Cate Blanchett has been awarded the Chevalier Medal by the French government. Source: The Daily Telegraph

Tim Douglas, The Australian, reports

Cate Blanchett has been awarded the Chevalier Medal, one of France's highest cultural honours, during the sold-out first leg of the Sydney Theatre Company's European tour.

Blanchett, the STC's artistic director, was presented with the Chevalier de l'Ordre des arts et des lettres last week by French Culture Minister Frederic Mitterrand, a nephew of late former president Francois.

The order recognises significant contributions to the arts and literature.

Blanchett, 42, starring as Lotte in the company's touring production of Gross und Klein (Big and Small), was in Paris and unavailable for comment last night.

STC general manager Patrick McIntryre said while the award was a well-deserved personal honour for Blanchett, it was broadly representative of all Australian artists.

"I think the real story is what this means to Australia . . . to have an Australian artist recognised by the French government in this way," he said.

"The fact that it's Cate and that she is on stage in Paris makes it extra special. This is an extraordinary and well-deserved honour."

The first leg of the company's continental tour of the Botho Strauss play wrapped up last night at Paris's famed 19th-century Theatre de la Ville, where it has garnered favourable reviews since opening in the French capital on March 29. McIntyre said the reaction had been "terrific and the houses full".

"To have won over the notoriously tough Parisian audiences is a wonderful start (to the tour)," he said.

The production, which opened last November in Sydney, will make its way to London where it will headline the Cultural Olympiad festival, before touring Vienna and the German festival city of Recklinghausen.

Blanchett and her husband, fellow STC co-artistic director Andrew Upton, will leave the company next year.

The company engaged a recruitment firm in January to appoint new artistic leadership, but McIntryre said it was still early days on an appointment.

"We're working towards an announcement in the new year, so there can be a long handover," he said.

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