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

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

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Bee Gees singer Robin Gibb dies

Robin Gibb ... remains in intensive care after waking from a coma, his doctor says.
Bee Gees tragedy ... Robin Gibb has died after a battle with cancer. Photo: AP

The Sydney Morning Herald reports

Robin Gibb, singer with the legendary band the Bee Gees, has died at 62 after a lengthy battle with cancer, his family says.

Gibb, who had undergone intestinal surgery, notched up dozens of hits with brothers Maurice, his twin, and Barry - as performers and writers - and sold more than 200 million records.

Maurice died of a heart attack in 2003 following intestinal surgery.

The Gibb family issued the following statement: ''The family of Robin Gibb, of the Bee Gees, announce with great sadness that Robin passed away today following his long battle with cancer and intestinal surgery. The family have asked that their privacy is respected at this very difficult time."

The singer looked gaunt in his last few months as he struggled against the disease.

Andy Gibb, their younger brother who was not in the Bee Gees, died in 1988. He had been addicted to cocaine.

"I sometimes wonder if all the tragedies my family has suffered - like Andy and Maurice dying so young and everything that's happened to me recently - is a kind of karmic price we are paying for all the fame and fortune we've had," he told The Sun newspaper in March.

Barry, Maurice and Robin scaled the heights of the pop world in the 1970s with disco hits including How Deep Is Your Love, Stayin' Alive and Night Fever.

Robin Hugh Gibb was born on December 22, 1949, on the Isle of Man, the British crown dependency, about half an hour before Maurice.

Soon after the twins were born, the Gibb family moved to Manchester, north-west England, and then to Brisbane in Australia in 1958.

The Bee Gees soon became child stars and had their first hit in 1963, The Battle of the Blue and Grey, performed on national television.

"We used to say that we were one soul in three bodies. We worked with such spirit between us, able to read each other's thoughts when we wrote together," Robin said.

The trio returned to Britain in 1967 where they soon had several more successes, including the UK No.1 Massachusetts.

How Can You Mend a Broken Heart, the group's first US No.1, along with Jive Talkin', Nights on Broadway and You Should be Dancing established them as big stars.

But the disco soundtrack Saturday Night Fever (1977), which sold more than 40 million copies, was their biggest success. One of the best-selling albums of all time, its songs included perennial favourites Stayin' Alive, Night Fever and How Deep Is Your Love.

They wrote hit songs for others including Diana Ross (Chain Reaction), Barbra Streisand (Woman In Love), Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton (Islands In The Stream) Dione Warwick (Heartbreaker) and Frankie Valli (Grease).

Their last studio album was the 2001 record This Is Where I Came In and the group has notched up more than 200 million record sales.

Robin mostly sang lead in the 1960s, while Barry's falsetto took the foreground in their 1970s disco period.

The Bee Gees were made Commanders in the Order of the British Empire - one step below a knighthood - in 2004.

'Second only to Lennon and McCartney'

Broadcaster Paul Gambaccini said Gibb was ''talented beyond even his own understanding''.

''Everyone should be aware that the Bee Gees are second only to Lennon and McCartney as the most successful songwriting unit in British popular music,'' Gambaccini said.

''Their accomplishments have been monumental. Not only have they written their own No.1 hits, but they wrote huge hit records for Barbra Streisand, Diana Ross, Dionne Warwick, Celine Dion, Destiny's Child, Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers; the list goes on and on.

''What must also be said is Robin had one of the best white soul voices ever. He was singing lead on his first No.1 when he was 17, that was Massachusetts.''

Radio disc jockey Mike Read, who was a family friend of Gibb, said the singer had an incredible voice.

''Robin had the voice, the pathos, and he was a great writer,'' he added in remarks to BBC Radio 5 Live.

Advanced colorectal cancer

In February, Gibb said he had made a "spectacular" recovery, reviving hopes that his cancer was in remission, but he recently suffered a sharp deterioration.

In April, his doctor said Gibb had advanced colorectal cancer and had remained in intensive care after waking from a coma.

His son, Robin-John Gibb, said his father was ''completely compos mentis''.

Doctors said they were ''confounded'' by Gibb's progress after he was given a 10 per cent chance of survival.

His family maintained a bedside vigil while he was been treated at a London hospital.

Gibb's relatives sang to him and wife Dwina Murphy-Gibb said that he cried when she played him the song Crying by Roy Orbison.

Dr Andrew Thillainayagam said Gibb had recently caught pneumonia because he was weakened from chemotherapy and two operations.

The singer fell into a coma in April after contracting the pneumonia. He had been breathing with the help of an oxygen mask and needed intravenous feeding.

He cancelled multiple public appearances last year and said on his website that he had been seriously ill but did not give more details. He did tell the BBC he had a growth on his colon that was removed.

Gibb was too ill to attend the April 10 premiere of his first classical venture, The Titanic Requiem, penned with Robin-John. He had been due to perform the song Don't Cry Alone.

"It's not about how complicated music is; it's about how simple and relative to the human spirit it is," Gibb said of his new composition.

The singer and his wife-to-be Molly Hullis survived the 1967 Hither Green rail crash in south-east London that killed 49 people.

"I do think it is easier for me to walk in the shoes of the people who were on the Titanic," he wrote in The Mail on Sunday newspaper in January.

"I know what it is to live through a mass disaster ... it haunts me to this day."

He was married twice, to Hullis from 1968 to 1980, and to author/artist Murphy-Gibb and is survived by three children - Spencer, Melissa and Robin-John.

He was made a CBE in the 2002 New Year's Honours List, along with his brothers.

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