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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The Sebel Pier One (concierge desk), 11 Hickson Road, Walsh Bay, Sydney - Ph: (02) 8298 9901

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Working holiday on Aussie thriller Wish You Were Here

Working holiday
Team effort: Joel Edgerton, Felicity Price, Teresa Palmer and Antony Starr in a scene from Wish You Were Here. Picture: Supplied Source: Supplied

Vicky Roach, The Daily Telegraph, reports

Even for a passion project, the story behind Sundance-selected thriller Wish You Were Here is unusually intense.

"People ask us: 'Didn't you fight?' says actress Felicity Price, who co-wrote the screenplay for the haunting, low-budget thriller with her husband, actor-turned-director Kieran Darcy-Smith.

"But it was the opposite of that. It was the creation of something."

Not only did they take their work home, the couple lived and breathed their story about a group of friends whose lives implode after one of their party disappears during a holiday in Cambodia.

"We never stopped talking about it," says Price, who plays Joel Edgerton’s wife in the finished project.

Teresa Palmer plays her sister, alongside New Zealand actor Antony Starr.

"In the car on our way to a family barbecue, we'd talk about a problem we couldn't solve," Price says. Darcy-Smith adds: "We'd talk about it while changing nappies. In the shower. While cooking dinner."

By integrating Darcy-Smith's all-important debut as a feature film director, not to mention Price's first lead film role, so successfully into their lives, the couple has put a whole new spin on the idea of a family film.

"We had two kids while we were doing it," says the director.

It's not entirely surprising, then, that when it came to the Cambodian shoot, two-and-a-half-year-old Levi had heard so much about the country, he wasn't going to be left behind.

At just seven months, Sunny was simply too young not to accompany the rest of her family.

"Our whole world shifted together," says Darcy-Smith.

Price admits that things might have been a bit easier if her second child had been just a little bit older.

"But when your film gets financed, you almost don't have a choice. And we wanted it for our lives to happen then."

As it turned out, the children adapted well to their new surrounds.

"They were the only ones who didn't get sick," says Price, who managed not to let the lack of sleep caused by breastfeeding and constant visits to the bathroom hamper her breakthrough performance.

"You learn you have such reserves," she says.

Darcy-Smith admits to having some reservations about directing his wife in his feature film debut.

"I'll be honest. In the beginning - because Felicity was always attached, there was no question she was going to play the role - I was anxious. She is a formidable actress and she has proven herself in incredible theatre shows over many years, and has done great supporting roles in movies and TV, but that's a vastly different thing to carrying a movie."

When he saw the first few days' rushes, Darcy-Smith breathed out.

The screen chemistry between Price and Edgerton, Darcy-Smith's co-founder of Blue Tongue Films, along with Edgerton's brother Nash, was clear.

"She's a helluva woman. It was pretty challenging - she's in almost every scene in the movie - but she was particularly graceful in the way she handled it."

While conditions in Cambodia were difficult - Darcy-Smith fell neck-deep into an open sewer on the first day of shooting - the director never felt he had bitten off more than he could chew.

"I can get quite overwhelmed by silly little things. But my experience of directing a movie, where there is genuine pressure, is that it's a bit like giving Ritalin to a hyperactive kid. It has a paradoxical effect. That pressure focuses me. Everything becomes crystal clear."

Wish You Were Here (MA15+), in cinemas now

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