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:

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

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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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Courageous, audacious and cutting edge Film Festival

Ryan Kwanten in Not Suitable For Children. Filmmakers have taken chances with style and content in this year's Sydney Film Festival says Festival Director Nashen Moodley.

Garry Maddox, The Sydney Morning Herald, reports

A sexy comedy set in Sydney's inner west and starring True Blood's Ryan Kwanten will open the Sydney Film Festival next month.

Director Peter Templeman's Not Suitable For Children has Kwanten playing a hedonistic twentysomething who becomes obsessed with having children when diagnosed with testicular cancer.

Described by festival director Nashen Moodley as capturing "the unique charms of Sydney's most bohemian suburbs", the film also stars Sarah Snook, Ryan Corr and Bojana Novakovic.

It is Templeman's feature film debut after his 2007 Oscar nomination for the short The Saviour.

The festival's competition, for "courageous, audacious and cutting edge" filmmaking, features two more new Australian films:

* In her follow-up to Somersault, director Cate Shortland's coming-of-age tale Lore is about a teenager who takes her four younger siblings on a precarious journey across Germany after World War II. Adapted from Rachel Seiffert's novel The Dark Room, it stars Saskia Rosendahl.

* Tony Krawitz's Dead Europe has Ewen Leslie as a Sydney photographer returning to his family's ancestral home in Greece to discover his late father's cursed past. Like the TV series The Slap, it is based on a Christos Tsiolkas novel.

What looks like an intriguing competition line-up also includes the Jack Kerouac adaptation On The Road from director Walter Salles (The Motorcycle Diaries), the Oscar nominated drama Monsieur Lazhar from Canada, the Taviani brothers' Berlin prizewinner Caesar Must Die and a 320-minute, two-part Indian epic, Gangs of Wasseypur, which is described as "an exhilarating tale of vengeance" about the decades-long conflict between two violent families.

Moodley's first festival, which runs from June 6 to 17, also features the premiere of the Pixar animated comedy The Brave, with star Billy Connolly as special guest.

As well as a retrospective on master Italian filmmaker Bernardo Bertolucci that includes Last Tango In Paris, 1900 and The Last Emperor, there are special presentations of new films from such well-known directors as Michael Haneke (Amour), Ken Loach (The Angels' Share), Wes Anderson (Moonrise Kingdom) and Australia's Rachel Perkins (Mabo).

The festival will close with American director Colin Trevorrow's sci-fi comedy Safety Not Guaranteed, about three cynical magazine staffers who investigate an ad that promises a time travel adventure.

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