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:
Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.fr, Amazon.de, Amazon.es and Amazon.it

Australian Directors’ Guild Awards: Julia Leigh wins for Sleeping Beauty, Sydney Dogs and Cats Home is best directed TV ad

Robin Hicks, Encore Magazine, reports

This evening’s Australian Directors’ Guild Awards saw Julia Leigh claim the best direction in a feature film gong for Sleeping Beauty.

Matthew Saville won two awards – for best direction in a TV mini series for Cloudstreet and best direction in a TV drama series for The Slap.

SBS series Go Back To Where You Came From, which has just won international acclaim at the Rose d’Or Festival in Switzerland, took the best direction of a documentary series award for Ivan O’Mahoney.

Best direction of a TV ad went to Damien Toogood for Sydney Dogs and Cats Home.

The results in full:
  • Best Direction in a TV Drama Series: Matthew Saville for The Slap (Ep 3 – Harry)
  • Best Direction in a TV Mini Series: Matthew Saville for Cloudstreet
  • Best Direction in a Feature Film: Julia Leigh for Sleeping Beauty
  • Best Direction in a Documentary Feature: Tony Krawitz for The Tall Man and Bob Connolly and Sophie Raymond for Mrs Carey’s Concert
  • Finders Award: Tony Krawitz
  • Directors Guild of America Finders/ADG award (film gets screening in LA in front of key distributors): The Tall Man
  • Best Direction in a Documentary Series: Ivan O’Mahoney for Go Back to Where You Came From
  • Best Direction in a Documentary (Stand Alone category): Phoebe Hart for Orchids: My Intersex Adventure
  • Best Direction in a Telemovie: Emma Freeman for Hawke
  • Best Direction in a TV Comedy: Jeffrey Walker, Stuart MacDonald and Chris Lilley for Angry Boys
  • Best Direction in a TV Drama Serial: Geoffrey Nottage for Home & Away (Ep 5215).
  • Best Direction in TV Reality Program/Light Entertainment: Ken Connor and Kathy Chambers for RocKwiz – On the Road, and Mark Adamson for Dancing with the Stars
  • Esben Storm Award for Best Direction in a Children’s TV Program: Jeffrey Walker for H20: Just Add Water (Series 3)
  • Best Direction in a Television Commercial: Damien Toogood for Sydney Dogs and Cats Home
  • Best Direction in a Music Video: Steve Rogers for Jack Ladder ‘Cold Feet’
  • Best Direction in an Original Online Project: Dario Russo for Danger 5: The Diamond Girls
  • Best Direction of a Short Film: Ashlee Page for The Kiss
  • Best Direction in a Student Film: Epiphany Morgan for The Room
  • Cecil Holmes Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Australian Directors Guild: Stephen Wallace

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