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:

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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Meet the real Rachael Taylor

Rachael Taylor
Although she looks the part, Rachael Taylor insists she's not into "the scene". Picture: Source: Herald Sun

Petra Starke, The Herald Sun, reports

Aussie actor Rachael Taylor looks every inch the Hollywood star. Then she opens her mouth - and it's straight back to Launceston.

"F**k!" she says in a broad Aussie accent.

"My accent couldn't be thicker, it depends who I'm talking to," she explains, before shouting to her manager.

"Hey, Dave, when did I do the cover of Vogue?" she asks in the same way one asks where the car keys are.

It's the first hint of what you soon discover about the 27-year-old most of us know as 'that girl' - that girl in Transformers, that girl in the Bonds ads and that girl who was reportedly beaten by Matthew Newton.

She's a little bit ocker, she swears, she says what she thinks. Meet the real Rachael Taylor.

We're in the lobby of New York's Maritime Hotel, a popular hang-out for celebrities, hipsters and wannabes.

Although she looks the part, Taylor insists she's not into "the scene".

"On Friday night I had half a jar of peanut butter, a glass of wine and watched TV - and I felt really good about that choice," she says.

The Tasmanian-born actor, who now lives in LA, is in town to film 666 Park Avenue, a new TV drama in which she plays the manager of a haunted apartment building.

But after starring in the reboot of Charlie's Angels, which was axed after four episodes, Taylor's quick to point out this show may never make it to screens.

Not that it bothers her.

"I don't live and die by this job. When I was 22, I desperately wanted to prove I had a reason to be here. Now I don't mind if I'm in the club or not."

Taylor is just as matter-of-fact about her relationship with Newton, which ended in 2010 after he allegedly assaulted her in a hotel in Rome.

She still has his name tattooed on her wrist, which she describes as a "complete aberration".

"But sometimes I look down and see it and I'm like, 'Never again will someone treat me that f**king way, ever.' That's quite useful."

Another thing that keeps her grounded is that accent, which she says she'll never drop.

"Sometimes when Australians go overseas, it's as though the 'Aussie' is refined out of them. I don't know why. It's never happened to me, because I'm really proud of it," she says.

"I'm not embarrassed about where I'm from or who I am any more. I know who I am. I don't fit in everywhere, but I know where I do fit in."

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