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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Jessica Marais told Who magazine that her baby daughter Scout is dedicated to her late father Tony

Jessica Marais, Who magazine cover 
"We called her Scout when she was in my stomach because it suited both genders" ... Jessica Marais and James Stewart with newborn daughter Scout Edie. Picture: Who Source: The Daily Telegraph

The Daily Telegraph reports

The late father of Jessica Marais will never be far away from the grandchild he was destined never to meet.

Speaking for the first time about the birth of her daughter, Australia's 27-year-old sweetheart and her fiance James Stewart have revealed the name "Scout" was the only name they had picked out - be it boy or girl - as a dedication to her dad Tony, who died from a heart attack in front of Marais when she was nine.

Introducing the nine-day-old bub - who seems the spitting image of her half-Chinese dad - the engaged couple have described their new family as a "team" to Who magazine.

"We called her Scout in my stomach because it suited both genders," Marais said.

"To Kill A Mockingbird is one of my favourite novels, my mum brought me up reading it, and it never fails to move me.

"Atticus Finch (Scout's father in the novel) always reminded me of my dad. He used to say not to judge a man until you have walked in his shoes, and he always encouraged me to treat other people with kindness and equality.

"Atticus and Scout have a very special relationship, so I was definitely paying tribute to him, in a way."

Having endured a 12-hour labour, the former Packed To The Rafters actress admitted that becoming a mother has been overwhelming: "You wouldn't be human if there wasn't a moment where you felt overwhelmed in a slightly terrified way," she said.

Stewart, who is gearing up to be a stay-at-home dad when the trio move to the US, said he has become completely "selfless".

"When the baby is born a team is born, because a mum and dad are born as well," he said.

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