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!

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:

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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

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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

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Enjoying life on 'the list'

"It's all happening so quickly and so weirdly" ... Joel Edgerton.
"It's all happening so quickly and so weirdly" ... Joel Edgerton.

Giles Hardie, The Age, reports

Joel Edgerton is rapt yet philosophical about his 'overnight' success.

In the past year, Joel Edgerton has gone from Animal Kingdom, via Warrior and The Thing, to The Great Gatsby, becoming the next big thing in Hollywood on the way. But far from being an overnight sensation as some in the industry might perceive him to be, the actor, writer and director from Blacktown has worked diligently at his craft for decades in Australia.

''By the time I got any kind of real momentum in the States, I'd done a tonne of work here,'' he says. ''Now I feel equipped and I feel ready and yet at the same time people over there are saying this guy's a relatively new person.''

Instead of focusing all his energy on Hollywood, the 37-year-old will continue making films in Australia, too. In his latest, Wish You Were Here, Edgerton plays Dave Flannery, a family man whose holiday with his wife (Felicity Price) goes horribly wrong. Shifting back and forth in time, the film gradually reveals the details of a fateful night in Cambodia alongside the consequences back home in Australia. The story also reveals more about Edgerton than he is entirely comfortable with.

Despite being single, Edgerton says his character ''is a lot of me. So the tricky thing becomes: Do you know yourself well enough to then portray that on screen? And for me, I find that really hard. I'd rather hide behind accents and funny walks.''

Far from an inflated ego, success has given Edgerton a fresh sense of responsibility. ''There's the pressure of being a No. 1 on the call sheet, being a lead actor,'' he explains. ''There's almost this feeling like being captain of the team. You want to put a bit of energy into actually setting a good example. If you're an idiot, if you're behaving badly, then forget rumours and gossip, just think about the examples you set for young children who are working on movies.''

As well as displaying this on-set maturity, Edgerton has developed a good nose for choosing worthy projects and characters that resonate, which is important now with big money offers flooding in. ''It's tricky,'' he says. ''I've never been standing at the top of the tree with tonnes of money thrown at me. I've never really had a profile. So in a way I have this 'nothing to lose' attitude. I don't want to blow it all now by suddenly taking the money and running, having a gun in my hand in every project and spitting out cheesy lines.''

In addition to on-camera success Edgerton has ''been writing a tonne of stuff for years and now it's all starting to come together. He has written One Night Stand for Fox, another unnamed script that will bring him home again to perform later this year, as well as planning to direct a third in the US early next year. ''It's a disturbing suburban Hitchcock-style thriller,'' he says.

Before that, Edgerton heads to the Middle East for a couple of months to work on Zero Dark Thirty, Kathryn Bigelow's film about the Navy Seal team that caught Osama bin Laden, a topic he enjoys teasing journalists about: ''I could tell you loads … but I'm not allowed to.''

In high demand, Edgerton is now linked seemingly to every major Hollywood project announced, although big-name roles aren't his ambition. ''I'm on the list that I thought I'd never be on,'' he says. ''I'm not sitting here thinking, 'God, I might get this part' or 'is it too late for me to play Hamlet?' It's really about: who do I get to work with? There's so many people on that list.''

The schoolyard dreamer can be seen lurking within Edgerton as he considers the opportunities that now seem possible. ''I got sent something the other day that Clint Eastwood's directing. I've sent a few audition tapes for Clint's movies in the past but now it feels like maybe I could actually work with him.

''It's all happening so quickly and so weirdly, and it's all shifted so dramatically,'' Edgerton says. ''I don't want to get too bogged down in the seriousness of it all, I want to have the gratitude for it all, because it's kind of awesome.''


GENRE Drama.
CRITICAL BUZZ Great slow-burn thriller that twists with every new revelation about an ecstasy-fuelled night in Cambodia and its impact on life back in suburban Australia.
STARS Joel Edgerton, Felicity Price, Teresa Palmer.
DIRECTORS Kieran Darcy-Smith.
RELEASE April 25.

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