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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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:
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Kneel at the altar of Joss Whedon's superhero mash-up The Avengers

The Avengers
Tension: Chris Evans as Captain America and Robert Downey Jr as Iron Man in The Avengers. Source: The Daily Telegraph

Maria Lewis, The Daily Telegraph, reports

The Avengers is the greatest action movie since Terminator 2: Judgment Day.

Need further proof?

How about hundreds of fans embracing each other on George St at 3am in the morning after attending midnight screenings?

For the hardcore geeks out there - myself included – The Avengers is the accumulation of some of pop culture’s greatest superheroes. Together. In one movie.

It connects the crumbs and clues Marvel Studios have been leaving in their films since Iron Man and it doesn’t disappoint.

When a source of unlimited power is stolen by the embodiment of an emo in Thor’s brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston), S.H.I.E.L.D commander Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) is forced to assemble a team of people with “unique abilities” to combat the rising global threat.

The team is made up by Marvel’s tent-pole superheroes; Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Captain America (Chris Evans), Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr), The Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) and master assassins Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner).

But really, the specific story details are irrelevant because the main goal is to get all of the characters together - as a team - fighting against a common evil. Which it does.

It’s a film in three parts, with the first and second parts being there simply because they have to be; they introduce each of the individual characters, build sufficient tension and throw in the appropriate amount of witty banter.

Essentially it lays the groundwork for the final third which takes The Avengers from amazing to a-freaking-mazing.

It's Buffy creator and geek demi-god Joss Whedon’s baby from the get go.

Whedon conceived the story, wrote the screenplay and directed the film. It shows what can happen when you hand someone who isn’t Michael Bay $200M to make a blockbuster flick - magic.

On the way out of the midnight screening I heard a fan in front of me proclaim “Marvel have found their Nolan in Joss Whedon, man.”

He was of course referring to British comic book lover turned genius filmmaker Christopher Nolan who - at the helm of Batman Begins and The Dark Knight - has elevated what the superhero movie is in our collective consciousness.

I’d argue Marvel have found their Joss Whedon in Joss Whedon.

The filmmaker seamlessly brings The Avengers into the Whedonverse - adding biting wit, hilarious dialogue, physical gags, and emotional draw.

And action. Almost two hours of pure, glorious, perfectly choreographed action.

The cast too is perfect, no surprises there. Downey Jr’s Tony Stark/Iron Man is just as flawless as it was the first time he played him in 2008.

Mark Ruffalo manages to do what Eric Bana and Edward Norton both failed to do on screen and that’s make The Hulk interesting.

Also, Scarlett Johansson’s behind in that latex catsuit deserves its own spin off movie.

Brit Tom Hiddleston and his barely street legal cheekbones make for an enchanting villain, someone you can rally behind to hate.

Yet what is it that makes The Avengers so, so, SO much greater than the legion of superhero movies that have come before it?

Sure, Whedon’s talents have reached such a worshipable level I’m about ready to jump up and down on Oprah’s couch proclaiming my undying love for him.

It’s more than that.

Perhaps it’s because - as Hiddleston suggests - the tales of superheroes have become our form of modern mythology.

In a recent phone interview from London, he adds: “Most mythologies - Greek, Roman, Indian - they’re all highlighting very human ideological battles.

“Human beings have to project their neurosis’ on to those great figures.

“I think that’s what Marvel is now. Comics and superheroes and super villains, it’s the modern version of mythology.”

One thing is certain: despite the weight of fan expectation and pressure of juggling so many pop culture identities, it’s worth kneeling at the altar of The Avengers.

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