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!

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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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Mystery box of suspects: there are all sorts

Dripping in Chocolate.
Louise Lombard and David Wenham in Dripping in Chocolate.

Brad Newsome, The Age, reports

Pay TV show of the week: Dripping in Chocolate, UKTV, Saturday, 8.30pm

David Wenham stars opposite Louise Lombard (CSI: Crime Scene Investigation) in this agreeable romantic-thriller telemovie set in Sydney.

It all begins at night in very atmospheric, noirish style. Chocolatier Juliana Lovece (Lombard) seems almost to be in a sensuous rapture as she stirs and swirls her way through making a new batch of chocolates alone in her little shop. Outside, the rain is pouring on the streets of The Rocks as a blonde in red shoes enjoys a chocolate of her own. But the blonde is about to meet a sticky end, setting the story in train.

The detective who catches the case of the mysterious chocolate-eating blonde is one Bennett O'Mara (Wenham), a slightly rumpled sort who, we quickly learn, is forcing himself to ''detox'' from grog and greasy food. O'Mara is helped and hindered by younger colleagues Riley (Chelsie Preston-Crayford, who played Tilly Devine in Underbelly: Razor) and Carl (Rick Donald).

The investigation soon begins to point to state Planning Minister Stuart Verger (Geoff Morrell), who has been cheating on his wife (Caroline Brazier, Morrell's real-life wife). But when Verger turns up dead - briefly casting suspicion on Juliana - O'Mara has to look elsewhere for suspects. There's no shortage: Juliana's cocky boyfriend, a shut-in weirdo and a dodgy psychiatrist who seems to know everybody involved.

The telemovie, created by producers Sarah Smith and Julie McGauran, has its moments. Wenham and Lombard are terrific and the beautifully filmed chocolate-making sequences would set Nigella Lawson aquiver.

It's a clever story, well plotted with a few red herrings and a decent twist. But it doesn't engage or satisfy quite as well as it might. Part of the problem might be with the police characters. They don't talk with the laconic authenticity of top-drawer Australian police shows such as Phoenix. And some seem more dumb-cop stereotype than characters - Carl, for one, seems slow on the uptake for a presumed graduate of detective training school.

O'Mara is the one cop for whom writers Sarah Smith and John Ridley provide plenty of backstory and foibles but there are times you wish they had not. His dog needs a knee reconstruction but, instead, O'Mara goes and buys a ''natural'' remedy from a friend, apparently a drug dealer, and injects it into the dog. Really?

There's also an odd kind of atmospheric disjunct between the more romantic sequences and the workaday police-procedural ones - and between most of the movie and a sudden lurch into slasher-thriller territory towards the end.

All that said, it's a good yarn and a decent way to spend a few hours on a quiet Saturday night in. Wenham, as ever, is wonderful, while Lombard is a treat as well.

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