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:

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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

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Remembering Titanic - 100 years at the Australian National Maritime Museum Darling Harbour

Titanic painting
A painting from exhibition 'Titanic: The Artefact Exhibition' on at Melbourne Museum, Victoria. Source: Supplied

Jo Litson, The Sunday Telegraph, reports

The sinking of the Titanic on April 15, 1912, when it hit an iceberg on its maiden voyage has never ceased to fascinate people and to generate controversy, given the shocking loss of life, particularly among third-class passengers.

To mark the centenary of the disaster, the Australian National Maritime Museum in Darling Harbour has curated "an intimate memorial exhibition" called Remembering Titanic - 100 Years.

"We follow the whole history of the Titanic right through from its construction to its sinking and then what happened after that with the inquiries and the present day controversy over the salvage of the shipwreck," says curator Kieran Hosty.

The exhibition also looks at the impact of the Titanic on popular culture from books to films including James Cameron's 1997 Academy Award-winning movie Titanic starring Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio. 20th Century Fox is releasing a 3D version of Cameron's blockbuster in cinemas on Thursday. As principal sponsor of the exhibition, Fox has lent the museum nine costumes and various props from the film.

"It's amazing the impact that the disaster and the loss of over 1500 people in the Atlantic had," says Hosty. "And I think that's due to the huge hype from the builders about the Titanic and its sister ships the Olympic and the Britannia, and in the media about these luxurious vessels, which were going to revolutionise sea travel."

Remembering Titanic - 100 Years took a year to assemble as the museum tracked down material and decided how to tell the story without repeating what had been done before.

"There have been some very big Titanic exhibitions including one in Melbourne, which had a lot of artefact material," says Hosty.

"It was offered to us but we had a number of difficulties with that exhibition. Being a national institution we look to set a standard in regards to displaying material ethically and morally. There's been some concerns about the salvaging of the Titanic and removing material from (what many see as) a grave, so we thought we won't use that material."

Instead, the exhibition looks at the human drama through the personal stories of some of those caught up in the epic tragedy, including three Australians.

"There was incredible bravery, incredible cowardice and everything in between," says Hosty.

The exhibition features replica artefacts, a two-metre model of the ship, newspapers, graphics, a memorial wall listing the names of all the known survivors and victims, and other memorabilia.

The film costumes include Winslet's yellow "strolling" dress (pictured here), which is the gown Rose wears when she discusses Jack's (DiCaprio) artwork on the ship's deck. There's also the lavender silk and chiffon "swimming" dress she is wearing when the ship goes down, Jack's signature outfit of brown corduroy trousers, off-white shirt and braces, and an outfit worn by Billy Zane as Rose's fianc aac.

The museum is staging various related events including a movie marathon on April 15 when it will screen some of the best Titanic films and documentaries, including the 1958 classic A Night To Remember.

"I have to emphasise that it's a small exhibition," says Hosty, "but it's a lovely one."

Remembering Titanic - 100 Years, Australian National Maritime Museum until November 11. Info: 9298 3777 or anmm.gov.au

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