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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Amazing Jessica Marais, happy James Stewart and a good Scout

James Stewart
James Stewart gives the victory sign outside the hospital after his daughter's birth. Picture: Matrix / Source: The Daily Telegraph

Joel Christie, The Daily Telegraph, reports

Aussie actress Jessica Marais did an "amazing" job at the birth of her baby girl, according to her beaming fiance James Stewart.

Stewart, the soon-to-be former Packed To The Rafters star, and Marais welcomed their daughter, Scout Edie Stewart, at 5.41pm on Wednesday after a 12-hour labour.

"Jess is great," a glowing Stewart said.

"She's amazing. I can't believe women do that."

He said both extended families were over the moon following the arrival of the healthy baby, with Marais' mum particularly excited about becoming a grandmother.

"This is Jess' mum's first grandchild, so they're very excited," Stewart said.

Having opted to be surprised, Stewart, 36, had a wager with his Logie-winning bride-to-be over their baby's gender, predicting the bub would be a girl.

Baby name specialists were quick to point out the pair have likely scouted their little one's unique moniker in the US, where they plan to relocate as early as next month so Marais can continue her promising stateside career.

In 2011, just six Australian children were called Scout, according to the NSW Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages, with seven recorded the year before.

Danielle Townsend, editor of website BabyCentre, said the name was probably inspired by the surge in popularity of the name Harper following the birth of Victoria and David Beckham's daughter last year.

Harper Lee wrote the Pulitzer Prize-winning American novel To Kill A Mockingbird. Scout was one of its central characters.

"Bruce Willis and Demi Moore also have a Scout but she is an adult, so the name has been in use for a while. Our database shows Scout has become less common, with about 150 children taking the name last year (in America)," she said.

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